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Row Upon Row
Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry

Dale Rosengarten

 

The persistence of the coiled sea grass basket tradition over a span of three centuries is a tribute to the African American basketmakers who value their craft as an important part of their cultural heritage and as a means of self-expression. The tradition faces many challenges from increasing modernization in the lowcountry. As better economic opportunities arise, daughters undoubtedly will turn away from the craft of their mothers and grandmothers to pursue more profitable work. But, according to one basketmaker reflecting on whether her children will continue the tradition, "It may be hard for them to see it, but days will come when they will sew baskets... This basket here is strictly just in the lowcountry, and if the generation don't take it up when we gone, it's going to die away. But, they will sew baskets. They will, time will come, they will sew."

 
 

 

book jacket for Row Upon Row


 

ART
(1994)
8 ½ x 11
72 pages
110 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-87249-956-0
paperback, $15.00t
Distributed for the
McKissick Museum
 
 

 
 
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