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Raffia Braiding and Caribbean Textiles History: Rose Sinclair

Friday 31 January 2020


Image by Rose Sinclair ‘In memory of Caselda Bedward – 1918-1994, Bellas Gate, Jamaica, West Indies’

The Caribbean islands are renowned for their woven baskets, and bags and utensils they can be found all over the islands, they present us with a material history of craft and making,
For many people that travel, cloth is the thing that they bring with them, they wear it, store it, save it, memorise the past with it. Migrating from the islands, many from the diaspora carried their past lives in the woven baskets, which tell other stories of communal making and skills, with some being decorated with sewing stitches such as French knots and satin stitch. This presentation discusses the traces of travelling that grasses such as raffia reveal of making and crafting and the preservation of rural tradition or the communal making and retention of the beauty of the everyday object.