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I want to say "These baskets are made by hand". Is it correct to say:

Esas cestas son hechas de mano.

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"Esas cestas son hechas a mano?" also "son artesanales?". –  belisarius May 20 '13 at 0:29
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"baskets" are also "canastas" –  belisarius May 20 '13 at 0:47
    
Thank you very much. If you want you can make this into an answer and i'll vote it up and accept it. –  Ovi May 20 '13 at 1:41
    
It appears you are translating a statement, and not a question (as the question form in English would be "Are these baskets made by hand?"). If I was incorrect to remove the question marks, please feel free to reverse my edit. –  Flimzy May 21 '13 at 4:18
    
It was meant to be a statement, sorry for the confusion –  Ovi May 22 '13 at 1:53

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The correct translation would be: "Estas cestas son hechas a mano"

And "Estas cestas están hechas a mano" would also be perfectly valid.

The masculine "Estos cestos" is also correct.

Canastas is not often used, at least in Spain, unless you are talking about basketball...

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In Murcia, Spain, I came across canasta frequently referring to a type of flexible container somewhere between a bucket and a basket (now plastic but presumably once basketwork) used frequently by builders, fishermen, and so forth as a general purpose container. I don't know if this use of the word - which obviously comes from the "basket" meaning - is common elsewhere. As there is, to my knowledge, no word for this object in English, my family now uses the word canasta in English too... –  caesarsgrunt May 23 '13 at 18:55

I would definitely say "Esas cestas están hechas a mano", instead of "son". It sounds much more natural to me.

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But wouldn't estan imply more of a temporary condition? –  Ovi May 25 '13 at 18:53

"Hechas de mano" would mean something like "handen", as "hechas de madera" would mean "wooden". Usually, "las cestas están hechas de mimbre" (wicker).

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