‘Preserving Traditional Skills with a Flair of Modernization’ was the theme of a local craft workshop hosted by the Turks and Caicos National Trust March 29th, continued on April 1st, 2019.

Artisans of the twin Isles Middle and North Caicos were presented with an opportunity to showcase their skills in utilizing bits of fabric (scraps) to produce the traditional mats and doilies, but with new creations.

The workshop was held at the Flamingo Pond Visitor Information Centre and Local Craft Outlet facility, in Whitby, North Caicos.

New ideas introduced by the facilitator and attempted by the participants were coasters, dashboard protectors, color coordinated doilies and wall ornaments. The participants were encouraged to produce marketable items which could be displayed at the Flamingo Pond Local Craft Outlet for retail, as well at other National Trust gift shops at the Conch Bar Cave, Little Water Cay, Heaving Down Rock and Cheshire Hall Plantation Ruins Historic Site.

Through its cultural heritage preservation programme, the National Trust encourages the public to buy local, support our artisans and support the preservation of traditional skills.

For more information about this craft workshop and the other related projects, please contact the Turks & Caicos National Trust at (649) 941-5710 or e-mail info@tcnationaltrust.org.