Red Bays Baskets
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Basketry and Black Seminole heritage in Red Bays, Andros.
The art of sewing (weaving) baskets has been passed down through the generations among residents of Red Bays, a small settlement in northern Andros Island. The majority of folks in Red Bays are descendants of the Black Seminoles of Florida, who first landed in Andros Island in 1821 after escaping enslavement in the United States.
Red Bays baskets are crafted from the top stems of palm thatch plants. The "top" is dried, stripped and then sewn into beautiful, sturdy baskets that have many uses. These uniquely styled baskets are crafted nowhere else in the Bahamas and are a part of the rich cultural legacy of the Black Seminoles of Red Bays.
Contact: Gertrude Gibson