The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Containers”. Here are some woven baskets from the Vietnamese countryside.
They could have anything in them. I’ve seen rice, fish, tiny shrimp, peppers or other various vegetables, various small bags, and quite a bit more. These were the ones that held tiny shrimp. They held them quite well too, until they were turned over and poured out on to a black mat on the hot concrete to dry. These were also the type of baskets that can sometimes be hefted onto tanned and aged shoulders. The old Vietnamese ladies laughed from under the shade of their sedge hats about something hopefully unrelated to me. I wondered about the sanitation situation with the tiny shrimp and the fact that they were now in a large pile on the ground, but surely the basket is not to blame. Really though, where do you draw the line? I mean look at those tiny perfect petals, colored caution orange. Like caution little flower, you’re about to get crushed by a large woven basket. Still though, I thought as I squatted in the hot sun to take a picture of a basket, those shrimp aren’t going to dry themselves.