So many creative people residing in Portland, Jamaica - I hardly know where to start. Fairy Hill has some of the best artists and stores though in my eyes. Seen this craft shop many times on my way to Port Antonio from Long Bay, and one day my taxi driver stopped to say hi. Very thankful he did. The store is run by Junior, a gifted young man in his early 30's. He has a team of fellow artists (including his mother), who work on the items you see.
The store is located on the main road that goes through Fairy Hill. They specialize in handmade woven items, the weaving skills passed on and preserved through Junior's family, and via their ancestors in West Africa. They also feature beautiful crocheted products and all kinds of natural items. (at really great prices and without any pressure to buy) Junior's store will become Jamaica Naturally's home base in Portland. Our days are spent weaving, designing, painting, sewing, carving and much more. Today I sewed the first of two flags, and the brothers found the right size bamboo to place it on, and we launched it high in the air. Beautiful individuals here making art every day, staying positive, peaceful and progressive. Nothing like working together. So much can be accomplished.
Please support the artists and their work when you see our online store launch within the next week. All products online are 100% natural and made in Jamaica. If you are in Jamaica, please stop by, say hello, and remember Winifred Beach is just around the corner. You can walk to the beach from the store. A gorgeous place and one of the only calm clean beaches in Portland still free for locals and visitors alike. Say hi to our fellow artist Lee at his booth there who makes stunning jewelry pieces using locally sourced materials.
One of our collaborating farmer's is located less than 1/4 mile away, if anyone wants to camp and learn about the land with a young Maroon farmer, this is where you need to be. Backra has vast knowledge of edible and medicinal plants and is a roots man living in harmony with his environment. Please contact us if you plan on visiting Jamaica and want to experience the natural vibez with good people in great places. We link you directly.