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Sweetgrass Basket

South Carolina State Lowcountry handcraft

Sweetgrass basket; photo by libsciterp on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Sweetgrass Basket

South Carolina designated the sweetgrass basket as the official state lowcountry handcraft in 2006. Sweetgrass basket-making has been a tradition in the lowcountry for over 300 years and it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Lowcountry sweetgrass baskets are famous for their detailed craftsmanship.