Samuel Yao Basket Art All my sculptural baskets are hand woven with materials from palm trees, and I have been making baskets for over 30 years. I collect most of the palm materials from south Florida. The palm tree fibers and the inflorescences are gathered from fallen fronds that have been blown down by the wind. There are many different varieties of palms used in my baskets. Each has a different texture, shape, color, and size that provide a unique combination and design for each piece. The palm seed fronds and the flower stalks of palm trees have wonderful form and texture, making them beautifully suited for baskets, as well as creating the exquisite basket art that you see.