We had a quick run from Charleston, SC up the beautiful Carolina Coast to drop an empty flatbed and pick an empty trailer.
Along the way, I got to do something I have wanted to do for many years . . .
I got to stop and buy a SweetGrass Basket from the woman who made it.
These baskets are handmade by a small group of Gullah women on this piece of the Carolina Coast.
|Angelika with her baskets|
Each basket usually combines sweetgrass with long leaf pine needles and palmetto strips as the binder.
|This was a Grand Prize winner - priced at $3,500.|
I only had a few moments to chat with Angelika, but left with a hug from her and a very special basket for me.
I have managed to coil 2 tiny pine needle baskets in the past and I can tell you how laborious the prep work is in addition to the actual coiling and binding. This craft is also pretty hard on your hands.
What a treat for me.