Vintage Sweetgrass Decorative Baskets Three Diff.Design

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 03,2010
  • Channel: Online Auction

Vintage Sweetgrass Woven Baskets Collectible!!

Welcome to this auction. Today's auction is for these three gorgeous small vintage baskets. These are three different designs. The three are in perfect condition. Around outside it has gorgeous decoration, please see picture 6, 7, 9, 10, 11. No darkened areas. No evidence of moisture damage. Perfect for your Collection! Dimensions are: Basket No.1 Picture 2: 11 1/4" from handle to handle x 8 1/2" cross x 1 3/4" high. Basket No 2. Picture 3: 8" cross top x 5" cross button x 1 3/4" high. Basket No.3 Picture 4: 8" cross top x 4 3/4" cross button x 2 1/4" high. Please feel free to ask for more pictures. Thank you so much!!

The Sweet-grass Basket Tradition

"Sweet-grass basket making has been part of the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant communities for more than 300 years. Brought to the area by slaves who came from West Africa, basket making is a traditional art form which has been passed on from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, an old village and modern suburb on the north side of Charleston Harbor, enjoys the distinction of being the only place w this particular type of basketry is practiced. , the descendents of slaves from West Africa continue the tradition.

During the days of slavery, rice cultivation, and the flourishing plantations of the Old South, these baskets were in great demand for agricultural purposes. They also brought extra income to slave owners, who often sold baskets to other plantation owners.

During this era, large work baskets were popular. For the most part, they were used to collect and store vegetables, staples, etc. Men made these large baskets from marsh grasses called bulrush. A common form which evolved during this era was the winnowing basket (rice basket) called the "fanner." Other agricultural baskets were for grain storage, cotton, fish and shellfish. Functional baskets for everyday living in the home were made by women. Some of these were made for bread, fruits, sewing, clothes, storage, etc. They were made from the softer, pliable grass commonly called sweet-grass because of its pleasant fragrance, similar to the smell of fresh hay."

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