The Sweetgrass basket is a signature art-form of the Lowcountry. Introduced from Africa, by way of enslaved West Africans, the baskets are made from Sweetgrass (which gets its name from the lovely aroma it has) which grows in the moist, sandy soils near oceans and marshes. They are both beautiful and utilitarian. And they are not inexpensive — but their beauty and artistry gives them great value.
The main places they are sold is by the Federal Courthouse at the Four Corner of Law and the City Market in Charleston, and along Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant, where the basket-makers have individual stands set up along the road.
Do you own one?