Basketry is a very ancient craft, one of the first crafts adopted by humans. The
oldest known baskets so far discovered were found at Fayum in Egypt and have been
carbon dated to around 10,000BC. We can not claim quite such a long history but The
Worshipful Company of Basketmakers was formally constituted by the Court of Aldermen
in 1569 to help support the trade.
Today, the company aspires to be an inclusive, friendly and diverse Livery which
remains modern and relevant by effectively supporting our ancient craft, London charities
and the historic traditions of the City of London.