After my last sweetgrass post, I received a number of emails askig for contact information to buy sweetgrass basketry. If you are far afield from Charleston and still wish to become a collector of a historic American art, by far the most beautiful and skilled baskets on the market are made by Martha and Andrea Cayetano, you can email them for information and prices
Moving on to these new examples of my favorite hand art:
How do I get my mitts on one of these huge biscuit-keeping baskets, large enough for the Christmas cocktail buffet? About $1500. That's how. To my Husband's great credit, he admired it and cast no aspersions upon hearing the price, this is, after all, a nearly dead art.
You get an idea of their size on that second blue tarp above. Enormous baskets of sweetgrass and bullrush. We should all have one.
The smaller version above is no slouch either.
Cake keeper above. I never considered shapes and purposes like these for sweetgrass, and now I am smitten.
A huge platter-like basket. I see this Low Country buffest building in my mind now. The service pieces would cost a fortune but it would be the most cherished one I could imagine. All by southern hands.
No need to check the price on this three foot high basket. It is probably somewhere in the $3,000 neighborhood and the weaver told me there will never be another unless by commission. It took three solid months of her life. Morning noon and night.