#743: LightWeave

Today’s invention is a way to create woven baskets etc using living plant material (eg Ficus). See this example by way of background.

A base for the basket would be constructed and some vertical strands inserted to form the warp in the usual way (these verticals might also consist of growing plant fibres).

The base would be rotated, ultra-slowly, about its central axis, whilst a small light is shone on the growing end of the weft plant (which would otherwise be shielded from ambient illumination). Its natural tendency would be to grow towards the light supplied.

This light would be very slowly oscillated so as to direct the growing tip in and out between the strands of the warp fibres; eventually forming a woven basket without human intervention.

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