An ancient African art brought to South Carolina, by ensalved West Africans, in the late 17th century. Today it is an official South Carolina craft.
Gullah Sweetgrass Braided Oval Basket Fanner by SweetgrassBasketry,
The art of COILED BASKET MAKING was introduced to the LOWCOUNTRY in the 17th century by Africans taken from the present day Mano River Region, Senegambia and Angola-Congolesse regions of West Africa. Brought by white planters to cultivate rice, enslaved Africans brought basket making skills as well.
SEMINOLE SWEETGRASS BASKET - "Sweetgrass" baskets have been made by Seminole Indians for more than 60 years. The wild sweetgrass used in these beautiful, sturdy creations is hand-picked from high, dry areas of the Everglades basin, washed, laid in the sun to dry and sewn together with colored threads. Palmetto fiber is the usual basket base material. The baskets may take many different shapes. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Native American Baskets by Pam outdusis Cunningham at Home & Away Gallery. Medium Sweetgrass and Ash Blueberry Basket by Pam outdusis Cunningham, Penobscot. A charming blueberry basket, woven from brown ash with sweetgrass rim and finial. (Read about the artist: "I love every aspect of my basket making...) 6" high x 4" diameter
Rare Hand Woven Sweetgrass Starburst Basket. $37.00, via Etsy.