Glossary of Traditional Caribbean Craft Materials - B
Caribbean artisans have used similar natural resources in fashioning traditional crafts and preparing local foods. Yet these materials are often known by different names throughout the region.
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A large evergreen forest tree with abundant, leathery leaves and small edible fruit, producing a very heavy, hard and durable timber and a thick, white gum for which its bark is tapped or ‘bled’;
A wild herb growing to about 4ft in height, erect with a four-sided stalk but no branches, having leaves almost entirely on the lower stalk and a few ball-like spiky, reddish-brown inflorescences spaced along the rest of its length; the weed is used both for medicinal and ornamental purposes;
This plant is frequently used in dried flower arrangements
A tree about 30ft. tall that flourishes in Barbados with wood that is dark and close-grained and polishes well.