Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Bahamas and Baskets
When Anne and I could tear ouselves away from the sand, sun and beaches of Paradise Island in The Bahamas, we did spend a few moments talking to Bahamian basket-makers. On the site of our resort were several stores featuring Bahamian made basket products.
The "Plait Lady" made coiled baskets as well as "straw" shopping and hand baskets. No photography was allowed within her store. This photograph shows a few examples of her work on her doorstep.
Another craftsperson made baskets as shown from palm leaves.
Prices were in a similar price range to my baskets. The baskets were highlighted in other stores adjacent to Gucci and Rolex outlet stores.
Off our resort there were a dozen or more basket makers in a Bahamian Craft Market, while in Nassau itself, others basket-makers were in the Straw Market.
The Bahamian Tourist bureau asked us to complete a survey just before we left. Baskets were listed on that survey as one of several items we could have purchased.