Metal Dragonfly Haitian Metal Art
Artisans in Port au Prince, Haiti work with the organization Caribbean Craft to market dragonfly wall art cut from recycled steel drums and painted brilliant colors like no dragonflies in real life. This 29 cm long dragonfly with green wings is perfect decor for a patio, child's room, or any room that needs some color.
- Metal loop on back for hanging.
- The piece is 3 dimensional with the edges of the wings touching the wall
- Please allow for slight variations in the design due to the fact that the item is handmade and handpainted. Each artisan adds her flair to the piece.
- A Fair Trade Product
About the Artisan
Founded in 1990 by a multinational group of young entrepreneurs, Caribbean Craft - formerly known as Drexco - promotes employment in Haiti by training unskilled - but often highly gifted - craftspeople, and by assisting the independent artisans through the introduction of new designs and new market outlets. Unemployment in Haiti, the poorest country of the American hemisphere, is variously estimated at between 60 and 80%.
The organization has gone through rough times during the past years, marked by political troubles and economic difficulties including a 3-year long embargo on all Haitian exports. Drexco saw in 1997 its premises totally ransacked and then destroyed during gang violence. Relocated in a higher-security industrial park, the organization currently employs 400 artisans either as salaried employees or outside contractors, with roughly equal numbers of men and women.
The earthquake in 2010 destroyed the workshop, which was rebuilt with help from the Clinton Foundation, enabling the organization to again provide sustainable employment.