Custom, Hand-Made Baskets
Sweetgrass basket making has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community for over 400 years™.
Sure you can go to a store and buy a machine produced basket.
But where did it come from, and does it contain chemicals that could cause harm?
Our organic approach is simple and has been the same for centuries.
Natural Palmetto, Long Pine Needles, Bulrush and Sweetgrass.
This tradition was brought to the area by slaves who came from West Africa.
Our basket making process is a traditional art form which has been passed from generation to generation.
Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Near Charleston SC) enjoys the perseverance of the artisans (and their baskets).
Made in the USA is something rare to the growing basket world.
However, CharlestonSweetgrass.com offers an innovative approach to this tradition.
Mary Alice Venning Vanderhorst (1940-2010) had a long legacy that created the baskets that you see on our website.
Customers, Friends and Family who knew her were fortunate enough to have seen her artistic abilities. Some of the best lowcountry basket weavers are a part of CharlestonSweetgrass.com. We are the first to offer 100's of sweetgrass baskets. Browse and buy one Today!
Muhlenbergia Filipes & Sericea
Charleston Sweetgrass is tall, thin, and has a distinctively sweet smell. The baskets were originally crafted for the practical purpose of collecting rice and cotton in plantation fields. Some sweetgrass basket makers insist on using only sweetgrass, because it is soft and easy to work with. However, creative embellishments are now a buyers delight and are available at CharlestonSweetgrass.com.