Glossary of Traditional Caribbean Craft Materials - W

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.

Scroll through this glossary or use the search box at right to find out more about regional craft materials and recipe ingredients. You can filter the glossary by the first letter of the term using the alphabet below. To reset the alphabet filter, click “All” to the right.

Term
Warri
Synonym
Country
Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica
Definition

A game played on a Warri board with two parallel rows of six bowl-like holes in each of which four small marbles or nickers are placed, two players then competing to capture each other’s pieces

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Term
Wild Cane
(Gynerium saggitatum)
Synonym
Country
Arrow-cane, arrow grass, arrow wood
Guyana
Wild cane
Jamaica, Barbados
Definition

A tall, tough-stemmed, cane-like shrub abundant in swampy ground;
Used in basket-making

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Term
Wist, Whist
Synonym
Country
Caribbean region
Definition

A tough, parasitic vine or any plant twig or bough, which is dried and, if necessary, sliced along its length to be used especially in basket-making – dung/garden baskets

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