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AUTHENTIC CHARLESTON SWEETGRASS BASKETS

 

Charleston Samplers is pleased to offer you the unique sweetgrass basket creations of Mrs. Dorothy Washington and her family. Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, a Charleston sweetgrass basket is a special gift for yourself or a loved one, and is an heirloom that will last for generations.Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

 

Sweetgrass basketmaking is a Charleston tradition, and is the only place where this art form is still practiced. This style of basket weaving was brought to the Lowcountry by slaves from West Africa over 300 years ago. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States.  From the days of flourishing rice plantations of the Old South, these baskets have always been in great demand. Constructed from sweetgrass found in Lowcountry marshes, palmetto fronds, bulrush and pine needles, sweetgrass baskets are perfect for floral arrangements, serving bread and fruit, or storing and displaying linens. Most Lowcountry homes can boast one (if not several) sweetgrass baskets as part of its dιcor.

 

We invite you to compare our prices to any vendor in downtown Charleston. We think you'll agree that Charleston Samplers offers outstanding values for authentic sweetgrass baskets.

 

Click on a thumbnail picture to see the many baskets that are available. 


Please remember that sweetgrass basketry is a labor intensive, time consuming art.  Mrs. Washington makes her baskets to order, so please allow about 7 to 10 days before your basket is ready to ship. It will be well worth waiting for!

 

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The Middleton Sweetgrass Basket

The Middleton

145.00

The Geechy Sweetgrass Basket

The Geechy

195.00

The Palmetto Sweetgrass Basket

The Palmetto

245.00

The Sandlapper Sweetgrass Basket

The Sandlapper

190.00

The Azalea Sweetgrass Basket

The Azalea

185.00

The Magnolia Sweetgrass Basket

The Magnolia

195.00

The Ashley Sweetgrass Basket

The Ashley

165.00

The Cooper Sweetgrass Basket

The Cooper

195.00

 

Because sweetgrass baskets are handmade, no two are exactly the same. 

The slight variations make each a unique treasure. 

 

 

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