Beautifully Handcrafted Jamaican Goods


Beautifully Handcrafted Jamaican Goods Shopping is a pastime for the many tourists who visit Jamaica. While the same goods are crafted and sold regardless of area, there are some unique differences from one end of the island to the other. In other words, native goods sold in Montego Bay will likely be somewhat unique to those sold in Negril.

Remember, even if the same type of item were sold elsewhere in the world, because of the materials and methods used, those crafted in Jamaica are found here. While handcrafted goods are sold in many of the duty and tax free stores, for the most part beautiful goods are more commonly found in street and beachside shops. Here are some examples of goods sold in Jamaica.

In addition to making a great personal purchase, these items are ideal for gift-giving.

  • Tie-Dyed Clothing – In true Jamaican and Bob Marley style, tie-dyed shirts, scarves, skirts, dresses, hats, and more are available throughout the island. Not only are colors always vibrant but the items are perfectly crafted thanks to this art being refined by local artisans.

  • Jamaican Pottery – Known as Wassi Art, this pottery is made by locals using old-fashioned pottery wheels and string. The artisans create one-of-a-kind pieces, each delicately hand-painted. Wassi Art Pottery is located in Ocho Rios and if you are not staying in Ocho Rios, it is a trip worth making to watch artisans at work and purchase impressive items sold.

  • Embroidered Clothing and Handbags – Special hand-embroidery is also a craft that dates back centuries. Street vendors, beachside shops, and storesassociated at five-star resorts sell a wonderful selection of goods.

  • Soaps, Oils, and Lotions – Some hotels and resorts offer to their guests hand made soaps, oils. They are also available for purchase. These goods are natural, gentle to the skin, and they smell divine.

  • Artwork – In Jamaica, artwork of any kind is treasured. Of course, there are world-renown artists who display artwork in galleries but this is something that is also sold in both small and large shops. While some artists use more contemporary materials, many of the locals depend on materials that come from land and sea.

  • Jewelry – Handcrafted jewelry is also popular in Jamaica. As with otherhandcrafted items, it is common to find various types of jewelry made from or with shells, coral, seeds, metals, fibers, and in some instances, sand particles.

  • Coffee – Thanks to Jamaica’s perfect climate and soil, the island is known for its world’s best coffee. Blue Mountain Coffee, for its rich full flavor, has been sampled by people from around the globe. And it is one of the most expensive in the world. Perfectly grown Blue Mountain Coffee can be purchased at airports for you to take home.

  • Wood Carvings – In Jamaica, people will find a wide variety of beautiful carvings made from island wood. These include statues, masks, bowls, decorative boxes, stands, and much more. Handcrafted wood carvings are so popular and well-made that items are sold in high-end stores and quint beachside shops, as well as by mountain roadside vendors.