Sweetgrass basket weaving was brought to the Greater Charleston region by slaves who were brought from West Africa. It is a traditional art form which has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest forms of African artwork in the United States. Charleston, South Carolina enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this craft is currently practiced and carried on in its original form. During the days of slavery, rice cultivation and flourishing plantations of the Old South, these baskets were in great demand for agricultural purposes.
Today, this treasured history is on display at the Charleston City Market. Daily, baskets weaving artists offer their masterpiece of works for sale to the millions of visitors who visit this historic landmark.
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