But at last here's something new for you. I was not very content with the wicker backpack I own. It's heavy, has a sqare form that gets smaller towards the bottom and tends to bend me backwards when loaded heavily with all the things a lady needs to carry around ;)
There's a find from viking times from the Gokstad boat grave. Not a complete backpack, in fact, just two wooden boards, one of them with holes around the edge:
So I decided to use very light materials, not authentic. For the board I used a wood called Paulownia, which is sometimes used for surfboards, due to its properties. For the basket part I used thin beech wood rods as stakes and rattan.
As the basket grew, I found it more and more useful to use a cardboard template to achieve the right form.
I ended the weaving with an other (flat) type of rattan and secured the edge with a decorative wrapping.
As the basket part was finished I had to think about how to carry that thing ;) Of course I wanted to make the straps myself and didn't want something boring. So I made a long tablet woven band with a Birka pattern.
I attached the straps with wooden rods inside the basket and put some metal strap buckles on, so I can adjust the straps when I wear my thick woollen coat.