Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets in Mt Pleasant SC can be found along side of Rifle Range Road not too far from the Isle of Palms Connector.
Granny is non other than Lorraine Gethers --- she is not only a grandmother, but a great-grandmother --- she has been making sweet grass baskets since she was a child ---she makes outstanding baskets and trays.
Sweet grass baskets has been a part of the Mt Pleasant community for more than 300 years. Brought to the area by slaves, who came from West Africa, sweet grass 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. Mt. Pleasant, SC enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this particular type of basketry is practiced.
During the old plantation days of the Old South, these baskets were used for agricultural purposes. They also made extra money for the slave owners.
The men made the large baskets from marsh grasses called bulrush -- these large baskets were used for grain storage, cotton, fish and shellfish.
Functional baskets for everyday living in the home were made by women -- some made for fruits, bread, sewing, etc. These were made from the softer grass commonly called sweet grass because of its pleasant fragrance, similar to the smell of fresh hay.
Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets Mt Pleasant SC are made from sweet grass, bullrush, long leaf pine needles and palmetto leaves.
A really neat thing is that because the grasses used in these baskets are from swamps and marsh areas, water will not hurt them. You can just clean them with soapy water and a soft brush.
The tradition, for generations, has been passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter.
Today, as you drive up Highway 17 in Mt Pleasant, you will see basket stands beside the highway. You will also find these basket makers downtown Charleston at "the market" and usually on the side walk besides the Post Office on Broad Street.
Some of these baskets take a few hours to make and others take months to make --- it is a delicate art and very time consuming. When one goes into a home and see one of these Sweet Grass Baskets, you know that it came from someone local to Mt Pleasant.
If you are interested in learning more about Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets Mt Pleasant SC, you can contact Lorraine Gethers at:
1636 Rifle Range Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-6684 (home)
(843) 303-2214 (cell)
or if your would rather, just contact me and I can get the information for you. Some of you folks who are not from around these parts where Gullough is spoken may have trouble understanding Lorraine -- you know just like some of you have a hard time understanding me when I talk.
What else can I say? Lorraine is the best --- her baskets are awesome. Did I tell you that she made me a set of earrings and a pendant -- see my photo.
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