South Carolina's distinctive state handcraft – the sweetgrass basket. Baskets are a common sight in the Lowcountry, especially in downtown Charleston and along US 17 in Mount Pleasant. Sweetgrass baskets are made from – you guessed it – sweetgrass! A native plant, sweetgrass is basically nondescript and unremarkable most of the year. But in late September and October, the delicate haze of its rosy plume really catches your eye.