Crafts

A craft can be loosely defined as any activity involving skill to make something by hands. People from St. Mark’s are traditionally skillful or crafty. In St. Mark’s Grenada, many things are done manually, and with limited access to certain resources that may be deemed as necessary elsewhere. Residents are not only skillful but also very creative in utilizing common materials that can be found locally to create master craft pieces. Among the crafts you will find in St. Mark’s include, household utensils (created using raw materials from the rain forest), such as swivel sticks from particular plants, bowls from calabash plant, cups from bamboo plants, wearable items such as necklaces and belts are made by hands, using both natural and synthetic materials. Expert crafts people would construct more complex pieces, such as buildings, furniture, fences utilising both natural products from the forest and commercially available materials that would be very durable and long lasting. People from St. Mark’s also design crafts used for transportation, such as boats and carts that are used for recreational purposes and also for earning livelihoods.

St. Mark’s people are indeed crafty and creative, and there is often something unique that can seen that may capture the eye. In St. Mark’s textiles are used to make items such as belts, hats, bags and clothing. Paper crafts found in St. Mark’s includes kites, ornamental flowers and animals. Cardboard is a common material used in making hats for carnival costumes. Decorative crafts adds beauty to something that is useful that would have been hard to appreciate as being beautiful otherwise. Examples of decorative crafts found in St. Mark’s includes furniture, clocks, napkin holders etc. Fashion crafts found in St. Mark’s includes necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings made from combining natural products with synthetic or commercially available materials. Many of the other types of crafts can be termed as functional as their serve a purpose or can be useful. In St. Mark’s many of the crafts are functional as, functional crafts are more appealing to the potential customer or user of the craft.