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September 2, 2011

Raffia basket

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Raffia basket

Hand-woven raffia basket with lid.  Made in 1916 by Ruth Nomura Tanbara at the age of 8. Tanbara was a central figure in the Twin Cities’ Japanese-American community for more than four decades, serving as St. Paul’s YWCA adult education director and international program director from 1942-1972 and helping to found the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee.

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