Artisan Connect

The Caribbean Artisan Network

Date : 2011-01-10 10:25:55

DescriptionIn an effort to preserve traditional craft practices, inspire new innovations and expand regional and international markets a new network of Artisans has emerged. Linking craft producers by means of a website and a data-base throughout the Caribbean from Guyana to Belize. The Network aims to function on many levels: For the Artisans the Caribbean Artisan Network offers a regional forum to connect with fellow producers to share experiences, knowledge and resources. Whether it be finding raw materials or discussing details of techniques, a personal link between craft workers is invaluable .The teaching and demonstrating of skills is being accomplished through inter-island workshops. In June 2004 ancient pottery making techniques were reintroduced into the Carib Territory of Dominca, by Irene Alphonse, a Carib descent potter from St Lucia, during the same workshop traditional pole lathe furniture making was introduced by another St Lucian Carib, Emanuel Alphonse. Demonstrations of ecological jewelery making by Akilah Jaramogi of Trinidad have taken place in Tortola and Barbados and calabash carving has been taught in the Virgin Islands by the Dominican carver Ezekiel Jean Babtiste. It is these kinds of exchanges that preserves and disseminates knowledge as well as giving new energy to our craft culture. For hotels, gift shops and interior designers the Artisan Network is an ideal way of connecting with regional artisans. For us the word “local” means the Caribbean. Our identity is shamed and our visitors disappointed when they find shops full of crafts from the Far East. Buying crafts through the network helps to build our region. And there is nothing healthier for the Caribbean economy than inter-island trade. Database of artisans:

Street Address

CityRoad Town

CountryVirgin Islands (British)

Name of InstitutionThe Caribbean Artisan Network




Type of ActivityArtisan / Artisan Group

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