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History, place, community, and change are all woven into this basket. In the South Carolina Lowcountry, baskets have been woven for centuries. Men historically made this particular type of basket to store rice and rice seed at a time when rice-growing dominated the area and the lives of enslaved African Americans. The grasses woven into it,such as sweet grass, pine needles, bulrush and palmetto, are native to the region. Today, baskets are made for decorative as well as functional purposes and sold as part of the regional tourism trade. Mary Jackson learned this expressive cultural practice from her mother, who once made and sold sweetgrass baskets at roadside stands. She now creates them as art.