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Sweetgrass Basket

Me and My Baskets
Born and reared along the coast in Georgetown, South Carolina, sweetgrass Basketmaking began for me in 1990.  It is important for people to know that the art of seetgrass basketry is an art form that was brought to the Low Country by slaves who came from West Africa and the artform has been practiced continously in South Carolina for over thre hundred years. 
As a member of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Approved Artist Rooster, I have conducted workshops for many organizations and residencies in several middle and high schools throughout South Carolina

Materials & Tools Sweetgrass
  • Palmetto Leaves
  • Pine Needles
  • Nail Bone (spooon or fork with the end cut off and filed down)
  • Scissors

Construction of Sweetgrass Baskets
Coiling, unlike other basketry techniques, is a process  of sewing.  Materials are sewn together by stitching one row of the basket untop of the row below it.  Each row must be constantly "fed" with new grasses to maintain a continous foundation of uniform thickness, spiraling out from the center of the basket.
The grasses is held together by a thin strip of palmetto leaf

Caring For Your Sweetgrass Basket
Because the grasses used in these baskets are from swamps and marsh areas, water will not hurt them.  With a soft brush or cloth, they can be carefully washed in soapy water and rinsed in cold water.  They should then be air dried.  This is the only care they require.

Because these baskets are all hand made, all sizes are approximate.

About Mary
Born and reared along the coast in Georgetown, South Carolina, I began sewing baskets in 1990. 


Mary Graham-Grant, Sweetgrass Basket Maker and owner of the Weavers' Nook.

The Weavers' Nook *  Columbia, SC *  29209