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Sweetgrass Baskets

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 26 April 2014 in Art & Design.

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.

NIKON D5000 1/60 second F/13.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is, indeed, very attractive craftwork . . love the flow within the styles.

26 Apr 2014 9:11am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice collection.

26 Apr 2014 9:34am

michel creze from le havre, France

Beau travail des artisans et de la photographe !

Beautiful work of artisans and photographer!

26 Apr 2014 9:52am

jean pierre from paris, France

jolis paniers!! amitiés

26 Apr 2014 1:35pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

26 Apr 2014 2:15pm

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely artistic work

26 Apr 2014 4:17pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Amazing Art ............ it is unique - and very delicate patterns. Woouldnt mid having one of them !!!!!
kindest regards, thanks for sharing --- Monika

26 Apr 2014 7:30pm

L'angevine from Angers, France


27 Apr 2014 7:28am

joyce from United States

Nice capture too, Barbara, as always. I like the soft blues and the angle. The baskets are stunning especially the ones at each end. Thank you for the history. I would love to learn basket weaving even though it was used as joke and refered to mental instituions only. Tch! Or making room dividers or fences out of sticks I like to collect from dog walks. A return to earth as media source, you know....

27 Apr 2014 1:04pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

These are beautiful, Barbara, and nicely presented on the blue with your good PoV.

27 Apr 2014 9:21pm

theven from les dunes, France

Nice baskets and very well done photo .

28 Apr 2014 2:08am

franz from Baden, Austria

love how you show these interesting and unique objects ! i remember people weaving them at the market ...

28 Apr 2014 5:43pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)