About
Us
Introduction
New England Nantucket Basket Association is an educational institute that trains and educates instructors in the art of traditional Nantucket baskets. Its goal is to continue the legacy of the “Nantucket basket” which has been passed down generationally among the people of Nantucket. Currently three organizations are cooperating with each other to spread the craft of the traditional Nantucket basket.

New England Nantucket Basket Association
Japan Nantucket Basket Association
GrayMist Enterprise
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1.
New England
Nantucket Basket
Association
The New England Nantucket Basket Association was created in 1999 in order to teach the traditional techniques of Nantucket Basket Making and to give women the opportunity for economic and mentally independence and happiness. All instructors and members are taught to protect the traditional art of Nantucket Basket Making and to continue a positive relationship with those on the island. It is the priority of the association to remain true to the traditional techniques of Nantucket Basket Making and to build a strong bond with the Nantucket Island.
2.
Japan
Nantucket Basket
Association
The Japan Nantucket Basket Association was established in 2017. As the number of people weaving Nantucket Baskets in Japan increases and Nantucket Baskets made in Japan are becoming recognized on Nantucket Island, The Japan Nantucket Basket Association serve as a hub for Nantucket Basket related activities as well as to spread the traditions and history of Nantucket Baskets all over Japan.
3.
GrayMist
Enterprises Inc.
GrayMist Enterprises Inc., was established in 2005 for the purpose of supporting New England Nantucket Basket Association’s activities. GrayMist sells basket making materials and related goods.
Our important
philosophy
New England Nantucket Basket Association focuses on the following eight points, which allows us to provide instruction and develop instructors in a manner that stays true to the craft.
1 popularizing the craft in its original form
2 Developing professional instructors
3 Mutual support and cooperation amongst our instructors
4 Providing an environment for activity,
as well as support for these activities
5 Maintaining financial stability
6 Supporting women and their efforts to become more independent
7 Smiles on our students’ faces
8 Maintaining a friendly relationship with Nantucket Island
and continuing to support the island
Etsuko Yashiro
八代江津子
For decades, the art of Nantucket Basket Making never left the shores of Nantucket until Etsuko Yashiro introduced the art around the world. In the summer of 1995, Etsuko visited Nantucket Island for the first time.

This was when she first laid eyes on a nantucket basket and fell in love. She decided that she too would like to make a beautiful basket and began learning from her friend, Pat Cane, who lived in Boston at the time.

After a while, Pat informed Etsuko that there was nothing else that she could further teach her. Etsuko decided to return to Nantucket Island once again, there she met Alan Reed and his beautiful baskets. When she asked if he could teach her, he replied that he was not interested in teaching anyone and asked for her to leave. Even after being rejected, she felt that there was no one else she wanted to learn from and returned to the island numerous times to ask him to teach her. Time after time she would go to Nantucket Island to see Alan but every time would be sent back.

Finally after five years, Alan slowly began to realize Etsuko’s passion for learning the art of Nantucket Basket Making and how much she really wanted him to be her mentor. One day, when Etsuko came to see Alan like she had for the past five years, he replied saying that if she brought her finished basket to him in two weeks, he would look at it for her. From that point on, Alan and Etsuko began their journey as mentor and mentee.

Etsuko would quickly realize that learning the art of Nantucket Basket Making from Alan would not be easy. It would be more emotionally and physically difficult than she had ever imagined it could be. On top of that, going to Nantucket island would require her to be away from her children for one or two weeks at a time. Every time she would be faced with a feeling of guilt of leaving her children and many times would question if it was the right thing to do. Yet she persevered and time after time would make the long trip from her home in Boston to Nantucket to learn from Alan.

This is how the story of Etsuko and her love for Nantucket baskets began and how the art that never left the island would someday cross oceans and be loved around the world.


GrayMist
Enterprises Incorporated
GrayMist Enterprises Inc. was founded in 2005 to support the management of New England Nantucket Basket Association.



● GrayMist Studio & Shop (2006 to present)

GrayMist Studio & Shop holds classes for basket making and sells the materials as well as a selection of gifts curated by Etsuko Yashiro. It is also a home for New England Nantucket Basket Association. In addition to the physical store GrayMist Studio & Shop has an online shop that sells the materials to both US and Japan.

GrayMist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Avenue
Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 U.S.A
Phone : (USA) 617-868-8868
https://www.graymist.com/




● GrayMist Japan Incorporated (2014 to present)

GrayMist Japan Inc. was founded in 2014 to import Nantucket baskets and materials that were sold by American GrayMist Enterprises Inc., and to support the management of classes as the number of official classes in Japan by the New England Nantucket Basket Association increased. Its main task is to plan, produce, and sell materials for Nantucket baskets in Japan. Since 2017 it has been running the Japan Nantucket Basket Association (日本ナンタケットバ スケット協会) which was founded as a branch of the New England Nantucket Basket Association. From 2018 it sells gifts and GrayMist original goods related to Nantucket island, which are also sold by GrayMist Studio & Shop in US, through web shop “Nantucket Wave”.

GrayMist Japan Inc.
#102 4-10-12 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku Tokyo Japan
107-0062
Phone : 03-3408-2620
https://graymist-nantucketwave.com/
How to be an Instructor
New England Nantucket Basket Association Japan Nantucket Basket Association
Process of becoming an instructor:

After getting a license


After graduation from the instructor course one, as an official instructor of New England Nantucket Basket Association/Japan Nantucket Basket Association, should adhere to the following policies: spread authentic baskets, help and communicate with other instructors, ensure students smile, maintain a good relationship and support to Nantucket island. It is mandatory to attend the biannual instructor meetings, a skill-up lecture at least once a year, etc. One should also improve one’s skill and knowledge by continuing to attend lectures by Etsuko Yashiro or other lectures held by the main office. One should also display their work at exhibitions or other events held by the main office and always relate oneself to basket making.
About
Us
Introduction

New England Nantucket Basket Association is an educational institute that trains and educates instructors in the art of traditional Nantucket baskets. Its goal is to continue the legacy of the “Nantucket basket” which has been passed down generationally among the people of Nantucket. Currently three organizations are cooperating with each other to spread the craft of the traditional Nantucket basket.

New England Nantucket Basket Association
日本ナンタケットバスケット協会
GrayMist Enterprise

1.

New England
Nantucket Basket
Association
The New England Nantucket Basket Association was created in 1999 in order to teach the traditional techniques of Nantucket Basket Making and to give women the opportunity for economic and mentally independence and happiness. All instructors and members are taught to protect the traditional art of Nantucket Basket Making and to continue a positive relationship with those on the island. It is the priority of the association to remain true to the traditional techniques of Nantucket Basket Making and to build a strong bond with the Nantucket Island.

2.

Japan
Nantucket Basket
Association
The Japan Nantucket Basket Association was established in 2017. As the number of people weaving Nantucket Baskets in Japan increases and Nantucket Baskets made in Japan are becoming recognized on Nantucket Island, The Japan Nantucket Basket Association serve as a hub for Nantucket Basket related activities as well as to spread the traditions and history of Nantucket Baskets all over Japan.
3.
GrayMist
Enterprises Inc.
GrayMist Enterprises Inc., was established in 2005 for the purpose of supporting New England Nantucket Basket Association’s activities. GrayMist sells basket making materials and related goods.
Our important
philosophy
New England Nantucket Basket Association focuses on the following eight points, which allows us to provide instruction and develop instructors in a manner that stays true to the craft.
1 popularizing the craft in its original form
2 Developing professional instructors
3 Mutual support and cooperation amongst our instructors
4 Providing an environment for activity,
as well as support for these activities
5 Maintaining financial stability
6 Supporting women and their efforts to become more independent
7 Smiles on our students’ faces
8 Maintaining a friendly relationship with Nantucket Island
and continuing to support the island
Etsuko Yashiro
八代江津子
For decades, the art of Nantucket Basket Making never left the shores of Nantucket until Etsuko Yashiro introduced the art around the world. In the summer of 1995, Etsuko visited Nantucket Island for the first time.

This was when she first laid eyes on a nantucket basket and fell in love. She decided that she too would like to make a beautiful basket and began learning from her friend, Pat Cane, who lived in Boston at the time.

After a while, Pat informed Etsuko that there was nothing else that she could further teach her. Etsuko decided to return to Nantucket Island once again, there she met Alan Reed and his beautiful baskets. When she asked if he could teach her, he replied that he was not interested in teaching anyone and asked for her to leave. Even after being rejected, she felt that there was no one else she wanted to learn from and returned to the island numerous times to ask him to teach her. Time after time she would go to Nantucket Island to see Alan but every time would be sent back.

Finally after five years, Alan slowly began to realize Etsuko’s passion for learning the art of Nantucket Basket Making and how much she really wanted him to be her mentor. One day, when Etsuko came to see Alan like she had for the past five years, he replied saying that if she brought her finished basket to him in two weeks, he would look at it for her. From that point on, Alan and Etsuko began their journey as mentor and mentee.

Etsuko would quickly realize that learning the art of Nantucket Basket Making from Alan would not be easy. It would be more emotionally and physically difficult than she had ever imagined it could be. On top of that, going to Nantucket island would require her to be away from her children for one or two weeks at a time. Every time she would be faced with a feeling of guilt of leaving her children and many times would question if it was the right thing to do. Yet she persevered and time after time would make the long trip from her home in Boston to Nantucket to learn from Alan.

This is how the story of Etsuko and her love for Nantucket baskets began and how the art that never left the island would someday cross oceans and be loved around the world.
GrayMist
 Enterprises Incorporated
GrayMist Enterprises Inc. was founded in 2005 to support the management of New England Nantucket Basket Association.



● GrayMist Studio & Shop
(2006 to present)

GrayMist Studio & Shop holds classes for basket making and sells the materials as well as a selection of gifts curated by Etsuko Yashiro. It is also a home for New England Nantucket Basket Association. In addition to the physical store GrayMist Studio & Shop has an online shop that sells the materials to both US and Japan.

GrayMist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Avenue Cambridge
Massachusetts 02138 U.S.A
Phone : (USA) 617-868-8868
https://www.graymist.com/




● GrayMist Japan Incorporated
(2014 to present)

GrayMist Japan Inc. was founded in 2014 to import Nantucket baskets and materials that were sold by American GrayMist Enterprises Inc., and to support the management of classes as the number of official classes in Japan by the New England Nantucket Basket Association increased. Its main task is to plan, produce, and sell materials for Nantucket baskets in Japan. Since 2017 it has been running the Japan Nantucket Basket Association (日本ナンタケットバ スケット協会) which was founded as a branch of the New England Nantucket Basket Association. From 2018 it sells gifts and GrayMist original goods related to Nantucket island, which are also sold by GrayMist Studio & Shop in US, through web shop “Nantucket Wave”.

GrayMist Japan Inc.
#102 4-10-12 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku
Tokyo Japan 107-0062
Phone : 03-3408-2620
https://graymist-nantucketwave.com/
How to be
an Instructor
New England Nantucket Basket Association
Process of becoming an instructor:

After getting a license


After graduation from the instructor course one, as an official instructor of New England Nantucket Basket Association/Japan Nantucket Basket Association, should adhere to the following policies: spread authentic baskets, help and communicate with other instructors, ensure students smile, maintain a good relationship and support to Nantucket island. It is mandatory to attend the biannual instructor meetings, a skill-up lecture at least once a year, etc. One should also improve one’s skill and knowledge by continuing to attend lectures by Etsuko Yashiro or other lectures held by the main office. One should also display their work at exhibitions or other events held by the main office and always relate oneself to basket making.