Barbados Pocket Guide

Craft Villages

Craft Villages at Agrofest, Queen's Park, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados Pocket Guide

Craft Villages

On any visit to Barbados, you should always check out the local craft villages that abound around the island. They offer a variety of local handicraft and many other souvenirs that will help you to remember your trip to the beautiful island of Barbados.

 

Located just on the outskirts of the capital city of Bridgetown, is the unique Pelican Craft Village. This centre for local handicraft is where you would find some exquisite examples of local straw work, apparel in beautiful tie-dyed and batik designs, along with many local confectionaries and condiments; including the world famous Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce. Pelican Village, as it is known by locals is also where you would find the Caribbean Cigar Company which produces the renowned Royal Barbados Cigars.  

 

Another unique Craft Village is the Medford Craft Village, the home of many souvenirs and other craft items produced exclusively from the wood of the Barbados Mahogany tree. These beautiful local items would make lovely gifts or keepsakes for friends and family. Another treat especially for visitors is the fact that you can watch the artisans at work and even take photographs or video as they create the works of art out of genuine Barbados mahogany.

 

Craft Villages located throughout Barbados include …

• Pelican Craft Village, Bridgetown, St. Michael
• Medford Craft Village, Lower Barbarees Hill, St. Michael
• The Chattel House Village, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
• The Chattel House Village, Sunset Crest, St. James
• Tyrol Cot Heritage Village, Codrington Hill, St. Michael

 

This last entry, Tyrol Cot Heritage Village, is also another unique space as it was once the residence of Barbados' first Premier, Grantley Adams, and his son, the second Prime Minister of Barbados, J. M. G. M. 'Tom' Adams. In addition to housing some fine antique furniture and the personal effects of the senior Mr. Adams in the museum, this property also serves as a fine example of a Barbadian village in the 1920's, complete with chattel houses, an authentic Bajan Rum shop and several workshops for the many artisans who work on the property.

 

On the property there is also a model of the slaves huts found in Barbados during colonial times as well as the newly opened Stables Restaurant which caters to the lunchtime crowds and serves many traditional Bajan delights. This Barbadian craft village is opened from Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm); there is a cost of $11.50 for adults with children paying half price.  It is truly a unique Bajan experience.

 

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Last modified on Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:57

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