Explore the arts and crafts shops of Barbados and enjoy a world of bespoke tropical island art made with love and skill.
Every corner of Barbados is packed with hardworking and naturally talented craftspeople, busy creating the kind of traditional handmade arts and crafts that you won’t be able to resist taking back home with you. From centuries old Bajan objects to international artistic work, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the most creative corner of the Caribbean. Take your time choosing between exquisite pieces of cloth painting, fine arts, pottery and basket weaving. No matter what takes your fancy you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying an example of the new generation of artisans utilizing skills passed on through the ages. Barbados encourages the creativity of its shops and galleries by organizing festivals like NIFCA and CARIFESTA.
The key to the appeal of Barbados artwork is that it combines professional production methods with authentic working practices to create bespoke and unique items which are bound to appeal to visitors. If you’re looking for distinctive vases, sculptures and fine pottery then pay a visit to Chalky Mount Potteries on the east coast of the island. The items you’ll find there have been crafted using the clay which is found naturally occurring in deposits across Barbados. For the best in traditional basket weaving explore the items on offer at the Pelican Crafts Village, one of the largest and most important outlets of its kind in the whole of the Caribbean. If hand carved wood is your idea of appealing art, then make sure you sample the delightful birds, fishes, palm trees and much more besides at the Medford Mahogany and Craft Village. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy the chance to take home a memory of Barbados to admire for years to come.
As with most things on Barbados, the excitement of the arts and crafts scene is as much about the people as the products. While you’re browsing, you can get to know the local artisans and hear the fascinating stories behind the work they do. It’s an experience you’ll treasure and one you’ll recall every time you stop to admire your Bajan crafted item.