Basketweaving

African Americans in coastal Georgia and South Carolina make baskets using techniques they learned from their ancestors. It provides them with an independent income, as well as a connection with family members and customs long gone.
Master basketmaker Mary Jackson works on Mr. Allen Green's basket. Mr. Green makes baskets on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Photo courtesy of Dale Rosengarten

Steps in sewing a basket foundation. From Row upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Low Country by Dale Rosengarten (McKissick Museum, Univ. of SC, 1986).

Photo courtesy of Greg Day

Basketmaker Allen Green learned the skill from his grandfather who was enslaved on a plantation near Macon, Georgia.

Photo courtesy of Dale Rosengarten

 

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