Sweet-grass Baskets & Savannah
- Dear SACCers!
One of the things we will see at the Penn Center and in our travels around
Savannah are sweet-grass baskets. These are truly works of art for which
the Low Country is well known. They are a traditional African style of
basket weaving still being done by the Gullah and their descendents in the
So, here is a website where you can get more information about the baskets.
(We won't be going to Mt. Pleasant, but I'm sure we'll be seeing baskets as
lovely as these.)
These baskets are so important to the heritage of the Low Country that the
McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina exhibits them and has
published an excellent source on them:
Distributed for the McKissick Museum
Row Upon Row
Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry
8 1/2 x 11, 72 pages
paper, ISBN 0-87249-956-1, $15.00t
FROM THE BOOK
The persistence of the coiled sea grass basket tradition over a span of
three centuries is a tribute to the African American basketmakers who value
their craft as an important part of their cultural heritage and as a means
of self-expression. The tradition faces many challenges from increasing
modernization in the lowcountry. As better economic opportunities arise,
daughters undoubtedly will turn away from the craft of their mothers and
grandmothers to pursue more profitable work. But, according to one
basketmaker reflecting on whether her children will continue the tradition,
"It may be hard for them to see it, but days will come when they will sew
baskets... This basket here is strictly just in the lowcountry, and if the
generation don't take it up when we gone, it's going to die away. But, they
will sew baskets. They will, time will come, they will sew."
Just one more thing to look forward to in our exploration of the Low
Remember, you can still register for the meetings!
See you in Savannah!
Dianne Chidester, President
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges