Pas RA8 - community outside of Charlestown, and most are...

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JP Lyninger III African American Art to 1920 Reading Assignment 8 Along the Side of the Road Margaret Osburn’s article on the African American folk craft of baskets weaved from sea grass wrapped with palmetto frond paints an explicit picture linking the baskets of South Carolina (made for over 300 years) back to forms taken from the coasts of West Africa. The craft in that area is several thousand years old. The use of the basket was originally in harvesting rice, although their use for other purposes (separating grain and chaff of various seeds, or in other domestic uses) was constant. Men made larger baskets, and women made smaller baskets. Osburn tells us that most contemporary black basket makers are concentrated in a
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Unformatted text preview: community outside of Charlestown, and most are women. They are made for passing tourist and housewives, and comprise both traditional and contemporary market forms, like a basket for carrying thermos bottles. The baskets are sold at rates that make their creation (four hours to create the simplest forms, like bread baskets) minimum wage work. Osburn describes environmental threats to the continuation of the craft (land development squeezing out both the sweet grass means of production and the space where the baskets are made and sold) and societal (lack of interest among youth, who are described as having the skill and knowledge to weave the baskets but without inclination....
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course PAS 310 taught by Professor Douglas during the Summer '07 term at University of Louisville.

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