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Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

Florence County Museum presents a Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets workshop May 25. Charleston sweetgrass baskets are one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Participants will construct a small basket with fragrant sweetgrass, pine needles for accent, and palmetto strips to secure the basket. Instructor Sarah Edwards-Hammond was taught this unique form of art by her mother, the late Mrs. Estelle Edwards. Mrs. Edwards was taught the craft by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Florence Mazyck-Edwards. Edwards-Hammond is listed on the South Carolina Art Commission Artist Directory, she is an active member of the Sweetgrass Basket Association, and she has served with the Hand Weaving Guild of American and the Sweetgrass Basket Cultural Art Festival.