The weaving of baskets is as old as the history of men. Traces of baskets have been found in Egyptian pyramids . Woven baskets liners have left their impressions inside the fragments of ancient pottery. As soon as men (and women!) were able to plait fibers together, they began to experiment with structures for woven containers.
Baskets were needed as containers for everything imaginable - food, clothing, seeds, storage, and transport. (Hebert, 2001)
The word "basket" is delivered from the Greek word kophinos, which is a basket woven of plaited branches and twigs. As early as 4,000 BC, Sumerians used baskets to bury their dead. (Polaski, n.d.)