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Re: Pine Needle Baskets


Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 17:27:44 PDT

I'm vacationing near Myrtle Beach, SC right now and read your post on the
pine needle baskets and the Civil War. Wed. my husband and I took a trip to
Charleston and on the way we pulled off the road to purchase a sea grass (or
sweet grass) basket made by local artisans. The baskets are woven with sweet
grass, pine needles and bullrush and held together with strips of palmetto
palm. I was told that the craft is native to Sierra Leone and the slaves who
were brought to this particular area brought this craft with them. The
baskets are usually rather shallow as they were used to separate the chaff
from the rice they picked.The pine needles are made into coils and woven
along with the sweet grass and bullrush.-Judy in SC where it's warm and
beautiful and so laid-back!