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Barbados Arts and Craft Tours

Duration: Half Day

Barbados Arts and Craft Tours

If you are looking for unique gifts and souvenirs to take away with you during your holiday in Barbados, this inspiring arts and crafts tour will leave you spoilt for choice. Not only will you see beautiful creations from the island’s many talented craftspeople, but you can also meet the artists and hear fascinating stories about their life and work. This is a wonderful introduction to Barbados’ vibrant art scene. 

Barbados is renowned for its beautiful arts and crafts – from colourful fashion and cloth painting to fine art, pottery and basket weaving. Many of the island’s artisans have acquired traditional skills that have been passed on from generation to generation, and in recent years, a large number of enterprising young craftspeople have opened shops and galleries around the island to sell and display their work. This provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see and buy items that are truly original, whilst supporting the artists so they can continue showcasing their talents and making a living.

There are many wonderful galleries and workshops to visit in Barbados, but one of the most popular is Chalky Mount Potteries in the parish of Saint Andrew on the east coast of the island. Barbadian potters have practiced their skills here for hundreds of years, making beautiful items from the naturally occurring clay deposits that the village sits upon. Pottery has become one of the country’s most important cottage industries, supplying pots, vases, kitchenware, sculptures and many other items for locals and tourists. During the tour you can watch the local craftspeople at work as they mould, kiln, decorate and glaze the clay to produce some wonderful pieces. Whilst you are there, this is also a great opportunity to talk to the artists and learn about their daily lives and skills.

The next venue on the tour is the Medford Mahogany and Craft Village near Bridgetown. Owned by self-taught artist Dr. Reggie Medford, it has earned a reputation as one of the best craft shops on the island and is now a highly recognised centre for genuine Barbadian mahogany gifts and souvenirs. The items on display in the shops include a beautiful selection of hand-carved birds, fish, palm trees, boats, clocks and many other mahogany figurines and crafts. Visitors are free to watch and photograph the craftsmen whilst they work, which will enable you to appreciate their efforts and talents even more. This is a great place to purchase quality souvenirs that you would be proud to display back home.

We move onwards to the Pelican Craft Village in Bridgetown, the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, where you can gain yet another insight into the diversity and creativity of Barbados’ artisans. This quaint shopping centre is dedicated to arts and crafts and offers a wonderful variety of local goods, including pottery, straw works, glass blowing, metal work, fine art, colourful batiks, weaving, mahogany carvings and much more besides. The village is divided into both a retail section and workshops, so visitors have the chance to browse, buy and watch the artists at work. This tour will introduce you to just a small selection of some of the best arts and crafts venues in Barbados, so make time to visit more if you are inspired by what you see.

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