In the 1940's the sponge industry came to a close in the Bahamas. The locals searched for another way to make a living. Women started painting and decorating dried palm and plant leaves to create baskets, bags and dolls. Thus, the straw market was born and soon more women began to make these items for tourists.
In 2001 a large fire destroyed Nassau's straw market. Today, the straw market is smaller in size and held in a large tent. There are many merchant with tables of items for sale in a small space. You can find handmade mats, baskets, fabrics, hats, jewelry, woodcarvings, and guava jellies. When here, I brought a straw Hello Kitty bag for one of my sisters. It does seem like many of the item...Read More