The seller of an imitation Charleston sweetgrass basket from the Philippines that riled local weavers has pulled the item from its catalog.
Southern Living and home decor seller Ballard Designs said the item will no longer be for sale through Ballard’s catalog or website.
The move was done in deference to the artistic talent and cultural importance of local weavers.
“Southern Living and Ballard Designs understand that creating sweetgrass baskets is an art form and it was never our intention to recreate or replace what the artisans are doing,” the entities said in a statement released today.
“Out of respect for the artisans and their time-honored tradition, we will no longer produce these baskets. The product is no longer available on the website or in catalogs effective immediately.”
The decision came after The Post and Courier reported that local weavers saw unfair competition from “knock-offs” of their 300-year-old craft.
The Ballard product, which was advertised as rattan, sold for $25. Similar sized but locally produced woven baskets can run to several hundred dollars.