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Pine Needle Basketry Class March 4 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture

February 28, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will offer a pine needle basketry class on March 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cravey House. Space is limited for this class.

Jerry Walker will provide materials and instruction on the art of pine needle basketry for this special folk art learning opportunity. Walker will guide participants through the process of creating their very own woven, pine needle basket.

The cost for this event is $10 per person in addition to the price of admission to the Museum. The price includes the cost of materials and instruction.

Basket weaving has long been the single most expressive folk art/craft of the Wiregrass Region. It displays the diversity of both the Pineywoods culture and its natural resources. The Native American cultures were the first to split and weave together river cane. The Gullah and the Geechee cultures followed suit, using the coiled-grass of the Coastal Georgia rice plantations to weave baskets.  This inspired the women’s clubs of Wiregrass Georgia in the 1860s to weave together pine needles into baskets.

To reserve a spot in the class, interested persons should contact the Country Store at 229.391.5205.
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