I LOVE South Carolina! I am SO thankful for the many days and summers that I have spent at my grandparents' condo at the beach, and the many more days that I plan to spend!!! Also, I am SO thankful for FOUR FABULOUS years of college spent at the BEST college in the WORLD, USC!!!!!!! GO GAMECOCKS!!
There is a 300 year old tradition of basket making among Gullah people in the coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Gullah are the descendents of slaves brought from West Africa to work on the rice plantations. Originally the baskets were used to winnow the rice as well as for household use in the slave homes and maybe in the plantation owner’s kitchen as well. The baskets feel as strong as steel. And it is said that they can be used to hold water. Rosemary Sheel photo
Sweetgrass basket weaving was brought to the Charleston, South Carolina region by slaves who were brought from West Africa. The art form has been passed from generation to generation. You can watch artisans at work and purchase baskets at the Charleston City Market. You can also drive along the Lowcountry roads and find roadside stands such as this one in Edisto Island, South Carolina.