About Sweetgrass Baskets
These can only be found in the Lowcountry where the palm and grasses are grown in the South Carolina and Georgia sea islands. The sweetgrass basket was a practical vessel which originated with the rice culture. Today the baskets are woven by a few African Americans, with the delicate and complicated patterns and weaving techniques being passed down through families. While also practical for any use today, the many sizes and styles of baskets are collectible art items.
The price tag reflects the cultural significance and the rarity of the craft. The more intricate the pattern is, the more the cost of an item. They can be found in a few of the art galleries and an occasional roadside stand. Also, some of the outdoor festivals showcase weaving in progress with baskets for sale.