sweetgrass, bulrush, pine needles, and palmetto fronds
3 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. diam. (8.9 x 61.3 cm)
Much of the elegance of this basket is derived from its utilitarian form. The fanner basket is among the most traditional and earliest coiled baskets made by African Americans and was used to separate rice grains from husks. Lynette Youson began to sew scraps of grass at her great-grandmother's side when she was only five, and continues this family tradition today.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole