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Road Town Unique Crafts

The Caribbean is a cornucopia of indigenous arts and crafts. Scattered along this archipelago of islands are crafts man that produce by hand everything from wood boats to basketry.

Clustered together on the waterfront along the ferry dock in Road Town are a series of colorful West Indian houses that transform Crafts Alive, a picturesque center for local crafts and artists. Here you will find everything from traditional hand-made brooms to brightly costumed dolls in gravity defying dance positions. Many of the shopkeepers are also the crafts people and are happy to answer questions about their creations. Other fine crafts shops and artisans workshops made throughout British Virgin Islands.

Doll making is a British Virgin Island tradition and many shops carry the two-headed Caribbean dolls. These are not Siamese twins, but two different dolls skill fully hidden under the skirt of the other. Flip one over and you have another doll with a completely new outfit. Banana leaf dolls, shell dolls and the practical bag dispenser dolls are also unique to the island culture. Hat making using the local broom palm is also a popular craft. Finely woven hats with parts of Caribbean fabric stitched to the brim may be found in many of our shops. Basketry follows closely in this tradition as they were essential containers for bringing produce and goods to the central market place.Wide, tall, with handles or straps and even with lids there are a variety of baskets at Crafts Alive or the Sunny Caribbean shop on Main Street. Pottery has also reflected both cultural use and expression. Local pottery with distinctive glazes is featured in area shops and pottery studios.

Also hot sauces, curries and homemade liqueurs are close to the heart and palette of West Indies Culture. In the crafts village there is one shop devoted to producing the so called, ,,Guavaberry liqueur'' (a Christmas tradition here) as well as stewed cashews under the name Ashley Sons & Daughters. Sunny Caribbean spice Shop on Main Street has also a various types of sauces and seasonings artfully packaged.

The British Virgin Island has a history of artisans that have put their own unique stamp on this culture of creativity and shopping in its local crafts stores. Local artists design the Caribbean landscape in many different mediums. Crafts Alive features the studio gallery of Joseph Hodge, who can often be found at the entrance way of his shop working on his paintings. Wherever you travel to any of the British Virgin Islands there are crafts and art that reflect British Virgin flavor.


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Nice piece. BVI sounds like a lovely place. Must visit there someday.

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  about 8 years ago
  

Visit to BVI means tranquility, nature, relaxation, breeze, sun and sea. If you like it don't hesitate at all.

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  about 8 years ago

Wish I could be there now -) What is the best time to go?

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  about 9 years ago
  

Without any doubt Eugene I would recommend you the period November - March during the winter season because of the moderate temperatures and low travel costs. The only exclusion is the period around Christmas and New Years eve when Caribbean knows to be crowded with tourists coming mostly from USA and Canada. But in my opinion whenever you get a chance is good to have a vacation and explore this part of the World

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you very much for another rich and informative article

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  about 9 years ago
  

You're welcomed Mr. Geoffrey. I'm pleased to write about the most beautiful places I've been and spent valuable time of my life

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  about 9 years ago

The Caribbean is such a neat place and full of culture. I went there a long time ago and I thought it was one of the neatest places I have ever seen. Thank you for taking me back in time.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Yes, Mary Caribbean is always an interesting and adventurous travel destination with a lot of things to see and lot of things to do. It's always good to have a perfect Caribbean vacation and spent time that lasts forever.

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  about 9 years ago
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