Blind basket makers

#Picture Number SO183

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Victorian illustration to download showing a group of blind basket makers in their workshop. The men sit on the floor, weaving baskets, setting stakes for a basket, and soaking cane. Bundles of cane or willow lie on the floor and are propped against the wall. The trades usually practised by the blind in Victorian times were basket making, brush making, rug and mat making, chair seat caning, and sewing and knitting. At the time of this illustration (1871) a blind person might earn 8s to 10s per week, a low wage.