Gap-Weaving Scalise and baskets

Gap-Weaving Scalise and baskets

Fran Scalise with sweetgrass baskets

The weaving techniques used to make sweetgrass baskets were brought here by slaves from West Africa, whose descendants became the Gullah. The original baskets, wide and shallow, were used to separate grains of rice from chaff. Now sweetgrass weavers make a wide range of functional and decorative objects, a few of which are shown here by Fran Scalise.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell