Straw Weaving is Alive in Turks & Caicos Islands
MIDDLE CAICOS CO-OP
The Middle Caicos Co-op is a not-for-profit venture dedicated to the encouragement and promotion of TCI handcrafts and art. We are very proud of the MCCo-op success in promoting the heritage and culture of TCI, in creating a vibrant market for TCI handcrafts, and in developing a sustainable economy for TCI artisans.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Middle Caicos Co-op Sales Outlet in central North Caicos! Come and see how this co-op venture is keeping the culture of Caribbean basket weaving alive, with demonstrations and interpretive displays available. Open daily 11am – 3pm.
HANDCRAFT OUTLETS – LOOK FOR OUR TAG
ON PROVIDENCIALES: find us conveniently located in several retail outlets
– Paradise Arts, Salt Mills Plaza
– Art Provo, Regent Village Mall
– Turks & Caicos National Museum
ON North Caicos: the flagship Middle Caicos Co-op Shop at My Dees Plaza, central NC.
ON Grand Turk: at the Turks and Caicos National Museum on Front Street
Beginning in 1998 with six artisans on Middle Caicos, the MCCo-op has grown to a fully national organization with over 60 members across the Turks & Caicos Islands. All handcrafts are made locally, and the variety continues to grow as artisans find a successful market. A wide array of straw work, conch shell craft, dolls, sewn work, food products, jewelry, paintings and model sailboats are available – all made / produced in TCI!
Straw work is made from fanner grass and palm tops. The grass grows along the shore and is collected, cleaned and dried. The palmtops are cut, dried in bundles and then slit into thread size for sewing the baskets or for making plait. The baskets are sewn, with the grass as a weft and the palmtop as a thread, the plait is made by intertwining the threads in various sizes and patterns. From the plait a full line of items is stitched, including clutch purses, change purses, Ipad cases, beach bags, portfolios, fans, placemats and more.