Sweetgrass Baskets


The coiled sweetgrass basket is a historically significant example of African cultural heritage that was transported across the Atlantic by the people of West Africa. The first known baskets in the lowcountry of South Carolina appeared during the late 17th century and were fanner baskets used for winnowing rice. The agricultural baskets were made of bulrush, sweetgrass, and split oak. By the 1890s, sweetgrass baskets began to evolve from agricultural use to household items. Sweetgrass basket sewing is viewed as a gift from God. The craft is usually learned from childhood, as it requires a great deal of patience and creativity. Each artist develops their own style, and each basket is unique. Baskets are still made by hand today as they were generations ago and have become a much sought after art form in the lowcountry.

Round Drink Serving Tray Sweetgrass Centerpiece Sweetgrass Napkin Rings Four-Loop Round Basket Covered Trinket Basket Scalloped Edge Baskets Round Serving Tray Double Egg Loop Basket Single Egg Loop Basket Hot Plate Footed Fruit Basket With Handle Large Looped Fruit Basket with Handle Oblong Fruit Basket with Wide Handle Oblong Bread Basket Round Bread Basket Small Fruit Basket with Handle Round Fruit Basket Wine Bottle Basket Row Upon Row:  Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry