Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets Mt Pleasant SC

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Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets - Mt Pleasant SC


Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets in Mt Pleasant SC can be foundGranny's Sweet Grass Baskets Sing along side of Rifle Range Road not too far from the Isle of Palms Connector.

Lorraine GethersGranny 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.

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Granny's Sweet Grass Baskets Mt Pleasant SC
are made from sweet grass, bullrush, long leaf pine needles and palmetto leaves.

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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.

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The tradition, for generations, has been passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

 

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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.

Granny's sweet grass ear rings

 

 


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Claude Cross
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Liz - Sweet Grass baskets have dotted Hwy 17 as long as my eyes have been open. Beautiful pics of her works I'm itchin for a drive . Cheers. Great Localism post !

Aug 04, 2009 07:24 PM #1
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William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
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These baskets are beautiful.  I could not believe they were made by hand when I first saw them.  My wife would love them.

Aug 04, 2009 08:15 PM #2
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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Beautiful earrings and pendant!  I had never heard of these baskets so thanks for the post.  Since my husband travels quite a bit, here's the next thing on my list for him to bring me from Mt. Pleasant.

Aug 05, 2009 08:47 AM #3
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Liz Loadholt
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Claude --- thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments. I love her work.

Aug 05, 2009 04:09 PM #4
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Liz Loadholt
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Bill --- thanks for stopping by --- why not buy one for your wife? 

Aug 05, 2009 04:10 PM #5
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Irene --- yes, they are beautiful --- I love her work -- it is definitely an art. Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 05, 2009 04:11 PM #6
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
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I love these baskets. I would never have the patience to make one myself, but I can watch them being made forever for some reason.

Aug 05, 2009 04:19 PM #7
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Liz Loadholt
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JL --- I know - it is fascinating --- definitely an art -- Lorianne does beautiful work.

Aug 06, 2009 01:42 PM #8
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Ginger Harper
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What a great post.  I have some of the baskets with similar designs.  I used to live in Charleston in the early 70's.  Loved it there..  and miss it so.

Ginger

Aug 06, 2009 08:51 PM #9
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Liz Loadholt
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Ginger --- be sure to take good care of your sweet grass baskets --- each year they get so much more expensive. Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 09, 2009 12:32 PM #10
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Kathi Fodor

Hello Liz,

Your baskets are magnificent.  I love them.  I would like to attempt to make a sweetgrass basket. I am into crafts and art and  I love being creative.  Ive looked all over the internet trying to find instruction as to how to begin with a basket. I cant find anything substantial.  Could you give me info as to how to begin and what kinds of grass I would need.  I know need pine needles, but didnt know where to get  (find) palmetto leaves.  Is that what I'd need?  Liz, any help you can give me is so appreciated.  I love your work.  You are so talented.  They are absolutely beauitiful.  Bless you and your family.

Respectfully yours,

Kathi Fodor

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