One of the oldest handcrafts of African origin in the United States is the hand-woven winnowing sieve, a shallow basket that was used during the Colonia Era to separate the rice seed from its chaff.
Made in Charleston from indigenous bulrush, a strong yet supple grass that thrives in the sandy soil of the coastal region, sweetgrass baskets are now among the nation’s most prized cultural souvenirs.
With more than 50 resident artists, the Charleston City Market is the very epicenter of sweetgrass basketry. Every hand crafted basked begins with a knot around which coils of bundled grass are woven. While the materials are always the same, the design of modern baskets varies from artist to artist. Discover this centuries-old tradition at the Charleston City Market.
This style of basket was originally made to winnow rice on local plantations. Today, sweetgrass baskets are works of art and highly sought after souvenirs.Read More
When you see the Certified Authentic Handmade in Charleston seal, it means a product is 100% locally made.Read More
Meet locals. Shop for great souvenirs. Take a tour. Enjoy local cuisine. Check into a hotel overlooking the Historic Charleston City Market.Read More
Get to know the passionate entrepreneurs, traditions, and certified authentic Made in Charleston items found at the Historic Charleston City Market.Read More