Passed down from generation to generation since the 1700s, the sweetgrass basket craft is unique to the Lowcountry and represents one of the oldest West African art forms in America.
Along North Highway 17, sweetgrass basket makers set up roadside stands to sell their wares to tourists and locals alike. The exquisitely-fashioned baskets are a Lowcountry tradition—an American art with African origins. When West African slaves were brought to South Carolina, they brought with them the tradition of weaving baskets from grass with them.
The art of weaving sweetgrass baskets has been passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter, through the Gullah community who descended from those West African slaves. Originally designed as a tool for rice production, the sweetgrass basket has evolved to a decorative art. Today, sweetgrass basket weaving remains an integral piece of the cultural fabric of Mount Pleasant. To mark the legacy and artistic contribution of the baskets and their creators, the seven-mile stretch of Highway 17 was designated the Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway.
Recently, one of our personal injury clients honored us with the gift of one of these amazing baskets. She is a pillar in the local Mount Pleasant community and her basket is truly a work of art. The client and Attorney Matthew Breen had bonded over their shared Lowcountry heritage and the client graciously constructed the basket shown below as a show of thanks at the conclusion of her case.
The love, care, and attention to detail are easily seen.
Thank you again to our wonderful client for honoring us with this gift!