Mustique Craft Fair, 2015
Mustique Craft Fair, 2015

Craft fairs organized by the Trusts are now a fixture in the activities calendar on Mustique. Guests to the island have been delighted with the variety of crafts, art and handmade items displayed.

The Easter and August Craft Fairs in 2015 both exceeded all expectations with a huge variety of craft and handmade Vincentian products on display. Those who had attended previous fairs had worked hard to produce new items to tempt buyers. First time vendors found it a very worthwhile experience and enjoyed being able to meet Mustique customers and find out about their buying preferences.

At the Easter Fair there were many favourable comments about the expanded layout which gave the vendors more room for their displays. And what a feast for the eyes!  Handmade soaps and beauty products were popular sales items as was jewelry with many items made from scratch using local materials and motifs. A much admired new addition was the display of wooden gift items made from recycled wood and offcuts from carpenters, made by Dexter Bacchus of Eko Finez.

Colourful bags, cushion covers and pencil cases beautifully made by Janella Power also attracted attention. The Sustainable Livelihood Project with its fascinating display of grassmats and baskets created much attention and sales were brisk.

The Trusts were pleased that this project made such an impact – giving positive encouragement to those learning the skills while being rehabilitated in prison as well as providing support on release. These high quality mats and baskets can now be bought at the Mustique Depot.

As one of the vendors, Bumba Joy, commented at the end of the fair, “This is such an important event for us and we really appreciate the support and recognition of our work. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to come to Mustique”.

Over 30 vendors participated at each fair. Buyers were impressed with the variety of items on display. The vendors welcomed the opportunity to showcase their hand crafted items to the Mustique market and reported that sales were brisk.  Banana art, bags and baskets, jewelry, notecards, handmade soaps and beauty products were among the top sellers.  This event was a real coming together of the two communities.  This not for profit initiative by the Trusts is part of the thrust to provide employment and wealth creation opportunities for artisans in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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