Sweetgrass Basket Making

Learn how to create one of these gorgeous baskets!

These baskets are apart of a rich local culture on Hilton Head Island. Learn how the art behind making these beautiful baskets at the Coastal Discovery Museum from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Be able to not only learn the art but learn about the rich history behind these as well. Reservations are required and the cost per person s $65. To make reservations call the museum at 843-689-6767 or visit them on their website, www.coastaldiscovery.org.  Here is some brief history on the baskets:

  • This tradition came to South Caroline around the 17th century by West African slaves
  • Materials that were once used to make the baskets were not actually sweetgrass but bulrush, a tough plant
  • Baskets were used to carry vegetables, shellfish, and later cotton
  • Baskets were made by the women, so that the men could use them out in the fields
  • Sweetgrass is located right next to water, growing in moist areas. You may recognize the purple plumes that are vibrant in fall.

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Wanting to discover more about the rich culture Hilton Head Island has? Call a Beach Properties agent today at 1 (800) 671-5155 or visit us on our website!