Wonderful hand woven Charleston sweet grass basket with single handle and prunts or knots at the rim. This basket is one of the traditional shapes of these African American folk art pieces. The round of the basket measures 7" in diameter and 2 1/4" high at the rim, 3 3/8" high at the handle. Can be used as a table top item or hung. It's in excellent condition.
If you visit Charleston, South Carolina's Old Slave Market (now called the Charleston City Market) or drive north from Charleston along the old coastal highway from Mt. Pleasant to Awendaw and McClellanville to Georgetown, you will see the primitive roadside stands of African American descendants of slaves who still gather the sweet grass and pine needles that grow along the tidal plain. They strip and dry the sweet grass and then painstakingly hand weave wonderful baskets characterized by their dual colors and centuries-old designs. Each basket is a work of art, brought to the colonies by African slaves who wove these for their masters' use. The Gullah culture is a treasure of American folk art, and to own an authentic Charleston sweetgrass basket is to own part of southern history. While there are many efforts to keep basket making alive, the number of weavers is declining. While we find this to be very sad, it has also driven the prices of these baskets sky high, so they are a good investment as well as a work of art.
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