The Bahamas is an archipelago of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands sit in a marvelous chain surrounded by crystal clear aquamarine and turquoise waters. We are an hour plane ride rom the city of Miami. Where in the world can you go in the ocean water and see your feet as you look down in the water? The Bahamas of course!
The Bahamas has a rich history of craftwork made especially by Bahamian artisans for the tourist market and the local market. Bahamian artisans can feature their crafts at local craft fairs-The Bahamas National Trust's annual Jollification and The Authentically Bahamian Art and Craft Show at The Crystal Palace Hotel on Cable Beach.
The Authentically Bahamian Art and Craft Show features a spectacular display of Junkanoo - a national historical celebration featuring dance and music.
As a child I enjoyed visiting the local straw market which then featured handmade straw bags for toursits with "Bahamas" sewn on the front in any color of raffia chosen. Straw dolls wih raffia hair were also a familiar item as well as purses for young children. I was familiar with many of the straw vendors as they were familiar with my Dad "Mr. T." I was always received warmly by the vendors and referred to as "little T."
All of my sewing is completed in my dining room. I have double windows on the western side of my house which allows for brilliant sunshine to come in. This natural light helps so much when I am sewing and repairing work. When I get tired of being indoors I take a chair and sit on the porch and take advantage of the natural light at its best. It's Better In The Bahamas and better for sewing!