Charleston Museum weaving sweetgrass baskets

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - A South Carolina museum is offering visitors a chance to weave sweetgrass baskets like generations of slaves and their descendants have been doing for centuries along the state's coast.

The Charleston Museum is offering the class Saturday with SarahEdwards-Hammond.

During the course, Edwards-Hammond offers a brief history of the baskets and then attendees can start weaving their own baskets.

The baskets are made by coiling sweetgrass with palmetto fronds, bulrushes or pine needles.

On coastal plantations, the baskets were used for storing and transporting goods.

One of the more common flat baskets was used to winnow rice, separating the grain from the husk.

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