567. RESULTS: SEWING BASKETSThrough content analysis of interviews I identified four main themes associated with the practice of sewing baskets. 1) The tradition of passing down basket making skills is compromised by a lack of interest from youth. 2) Basket makers are still teaching children to make baskets and are also passing on knowledge to non-family members. 3) Sewing is an important part of the identity and heritage of basket makers. 4) The generational continuity of basket making communities near Mount Pleasant is threatened by development patterns.7.1 The tradition of passing down basket making skills is compromised by a lack of interest from youth. Twenty-four (92%) basket makers interviewedfor this project learned tosew during childhood from ablood relative (see Table 11). Although the current generation of basket makers is trying to pass on basket making skills 25 (96%) respondents voiced a concernthat the younger generation may not carry on the tradition. One basket maker told me that even though the roadsides of Mount Pleasant and the sidewalks of Charleston are full of baskets right now the future of the craft is still in question: Learned From Number* % Mother Grandmother Aunt Other Blood Relative In-Law 17 11 4 6 2 63 41 15 22 7 *Total N is 26;however, some respondents did not answer and others gave more than one answer.TABLE 11: PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT BASKET MAKERS HOW TO SEW
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