Local Artisans to Participate in Christmas Village

Story Highlights

  • Local artisans will be given the opportunity to display and sell their products at the upcoming Christmas Village to be held on Friday (December 16) on the Ministry of Tourism grounds in New Kingston.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Craft Specialist at TPDCo, Violet Crutchley said the upcoming event is another avenue to showcase and present for sale handicrafts and other authentic Jamaican products made by these artisans.
  • Additionally, participants were exposed to the rudiments of bookkeeping, marketing, salesmanship, merchandising and the process involved in registering their businesses.

Local artisans will be given the opportunity to display and sell their products at the upcoming Christmas Village to be held on Friday (December 16) on the Ministry of Tourism grounds in New Kingston.

The artisans were among the 180 participants who benefited from training in craft enhancement and business planning, as part of an 18-month Craft Enhancement Programme, which concluded in July.

The programme was implemented by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and funded by Organization of American States and Tourism Enhancement Fund.

It was geared towards the development of the craft sector and the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Speaking with JIS News, Craft Specialist at TPDCo, Violet Crutchley said the upcoming event is another avenue to showcase and present for sale handicrafts and other authentic Jamaican products made by these artisans.

“So, persons with various skills were exposed to five areas, namely bamboo; recycled materials, including glass and coconut shell; textiles; papier mâché and fibre, which has to do with the various types of straws that are available in Jamaica,” the Craft Specialist outlined.

Mrs. Crutchley said the programme was facilitated by some of Jamaica’s experts in the selected areas of art and craft.

Additionally, participants were exposed to the rudiments of bookkeeping, marketing, salesmanship, merchandising and the process involved in registering their businesses.

“We are now planning for phase two of the programme, which should be rolled out early next year with the establishment of about 12 clusters islandwide,” the Craft Specialist highlighted.

She added that participants from phase one will form production groups within the various clusters, and will meet and improve upon the skills taught.

The upcoming event, dubbed ‘Christmas Village on the Breezeway’, will feature all things Jamaican with unique gift items, food, and entertainment by Mento bands and youth groups performing folk songs.

The event will last from noon to 8:00 p.m.

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