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The Sweetgrass Basket, A Charleston Tradition

When you visit Charleston, you will quickly notice the many grass baskets for sale in the market of downtown and along the highways.  These are sweetgrass baskets, and they have been a part of the Charleston and low country community for many years.  They are symbolic of the culture and history that has shaped the region. The basket making tradition was brought to the area by slaves from West Africa as an art form that was passed down from generation to generation.  You can find many vendors in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC carrying on the tradition of sweetgrass basket making. During the days of slavery, baskets were in high … Continue reading

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