This traditional coil style Gullah basket was crafted in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina by Ms. Louise Jones is the cousin of noted seagrass basket weaver Mary Jane Manigault. West and Central African slaves bought coil basketry to the Americas in the late 17th century. They developed specialized practices and agriculture tools, including baskets for winnowing rice, the Gullah region's cash crop. Contemporary Gullah basket weavers like Jones' maintain the tradition with their sea island sweet grass, palmetto, and pine needles creations.
Dr. Mary Arnold Twining Baird Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Mary Arnold Twining Baird