Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

The Christmas holiday is almost here, and I am excited to say that I will be driving back to SC for the week!  My friend has been sending me weather screenshots, and it was looking awesome.
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Then the forecast for when I start my holiday vacation…not so great.  Hopefully, it will warm up a bit.  Either way, I will still be heading to the beach.

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As for celebrating Christmas, mom will be coming down to the beach and we are having Christmas there for a change.  I started a mixbook memory book from our Washington, DC trip, but I don’t think I will be finished in time to give it as presents to mom and my aunt.

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During Thanksgiving, I went to the Sweetgrass basket ladies to buy gifts for a few family members.  None of my family read (or even know I have) this blog, so I am not worried of them running across this.

Gullah Sweetgrass baskets are beautifully made baskets by women in the lowcountry of SC.   This cultural tradition came from the 17th century by West African slaves who were brought to America.  This website states a bit about the history of the baskets, and how to not get fooled by a fake sweetgrass basket.

The artists sell their baskets along the road going into Charleston, SC and in the city of Charleston (such as in the Open Market downtown).  Heads up, the baskets are more expensive in Charleston versus the ones on the highway.

Taken from the above website, “Mount Pleasant basket stands can be found alongside US 17. The Hamlin community – a community of families who are descendents of slaves from area plantations – have stands along the “Seven-Mile” stretch known as the “Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway”.”

These are the baskets I purchased from the Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway.  I also picked me up a pair of Sweetgrass earrings.

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This week has been so slow, for obvious reasons. I am ready to head south!

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