Eva Salazar Pop-Up Sale | Mingei International Museum

Join us in Shop Mingei for a special event with award-winning Kumeyaay Basketmaker, Eva Salazar.

Eva is from San Jose de la Zorra Indigenous Community, Baja California, Mexico. She spent her childhood learning to make traditional Kumeyaay baskets from her aunt and mother. The coiled basket-weaving techniques she learned are ones Indigenous California peoples have used for many years to create utilitarian baskets for storage, winnowing, cooking and serving acorn mush (shawii).

Working mostly from locally-harvested wild juncus—a sharp-tipped reed known for its toughness—Eva typically dyes the material with black walnut, elderberry and rusty metal before weaving it into her coiled designs. She also uses other natural materials in her work, like wild deergrass, willow, sumac and yucca. Come meet Eva and see her one-of-a-kind work imbued with years of traditional knowledge and artistry! She’ll bring her famous beaded baskets and abalone jewelry, along with baskets, pottery, and other cultural materials made by her family.


Jill DeDominicis

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Please note: The Museum will be closed Monday, July 4.