Glossary of Traditional Caribbean Craft Materials - C
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 light-brown hard wood used in construction and boat-building
In Guyana, candle-wood is a heavy and very tough ‘yellowish-pinkish’ wood useful for saltwater piling, sleepers, bridges etc.
In Jamaica, candle-wood is a light, easily split wood that burns readily
A fisherman’s circular net about 12ft. in diameter, carrying lead weights around its circumference and controlled by a long cord at the centre by which it is thrown over a shoal of fish in shallow water.
A very quick-growing tree assuming a tall narrow shape resembling a conifer; 18-36m high, ending in a conical spire which waves to and fro in the wind.
The fruit/pine needles of this tree are used in doll-making and jewellery-making.
A yard broom home-made from the dried spines of the leaf of the coconut branch, tied in a tight bundle.
Originally, an open, round-bottomed, iron basin 15 ins in diameter for cooking or for potting pork. Now a locally made clay pot of similar size as a traditional heritage vessel.
Quarried limestone coral, cut into blocks about 2ftx1ftx1ft, used for building the outer walls of houses
The hard, glossy, red seed with a black spot…the seed is widely used in handicraft and jewellery-making
“The sweetest summer festival…more than a Carnival” Barbados’ major festival to celebrate the end of the sugarcane season. Costume bands, creative activity in abundance and much festivities mark this month-long celebration.