About Caribbean Craft
Caribbean Craft is a for-profit enterprise with a great big heart, creating unique art, free-standing sculptures, and wall hangings. Perfect for home decor, gifts and collectibles. Each piece is handmade with love by a skilled artist from Haiti while production and distribution is overseen by award winning social entrepreneur Magalie Noel Dresse. Caribbean Craft provides a real livelihood to an artisan community of more than 400 in Haiti.
Caribbean Craft is dedicated to promoting the beauty of Haiti through beautiful artworks which capture the symbols, colors, wildlife and folklore of the Haitian people. We produce, sell and export original art pieces handmade by local artists that will brighten the homes and offices of our customers and improve the quality of life of our workers and their families.
The vision of Caribbean Craft is to be an example of a successful and socially responsible company in Haiti that enables artisans around the country to live a good life.
Caribbean Craft is a value-based enterprise where we:
- Strive for continuous improvement and innovation.
- Seek to delight our customers with Haitian art.
- Find eco-logical uses for discarded waste and recyclables.
- Use integrity as our trademark.
- Help our people develop their talents.
- Give support to the community.
Unique Home Decor, Gifts and Collectibles for Wholesalers
The artisans of Caribbean Craft produce over six thousand different items from giftware and collectibles to home décor. Our artwork is suitable for home décor retailers, gift shops and tourist oriented stores. We specialize in handcrafted and hand painted items, metal sculptures, paper maché, stone carvings, and basketry.
Since 2011 our customer list covers the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel and most Caribbean Islands.
Stunning handmade art pieces for your home
Caribbean Craft also sells to home-based customers and delivers our beautiful art pieces direct to your door. Our products are unique and each one is individually crafted by one of our artisans. Click here to browse our online store and buy something today.
The Beautiful Art of Haiti
Caribbean Craft creates an outlet for talented Haitian artisans to reach international markets. As a country with a troubled history: plagued by natural disasters and political instability, Haiti is consistently ranked as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Haitians struggle to find a sustained income, and more than half of the population is unemployed. While these problems are challenges that Haitians face every day, the beauty of the culture is often left unnoticed. The talent of the artistry in Haitian culture combines creativity, precision, and inventiveness and is underrepresented around the world.
Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean Craft was founded in 1990 to address Haiti’s high unemployment. Providing artisan training, design assistance and opening new export markets for their artworks, by the end of the 90’s Caribbean Craft had become the main provider of Haitian handicrafts for the Caribbean Islands’ tourist market.
In 2006 Magalie Noel Dresse took over ownership and in 2009 invested in a permanent showroom in Atlanta’s AmericasMart. This exposure to the American market introduced the company and its products to several important retailers like HomeGoods and Anthropologie until the earthquake of January 2010 changed everything.
Surviving the Earthquake
During the devastating earthquake, the workshop where all the items were produced collapsed and was completely destroyed. Concerned for her artisans and what would be become of them with no income as they tried to rebuild through the damage, Magalie moved the entire production facility into her own home.
Despite that very volatile year, support from the Clinton Foundation helped the company rebuild. With partnerships from customers such as West Elm and Anthropologie, Caribbean Craft has been able to grow as a company and continues to support artisans around Haiti.
Magalie was honored to win the Latin Trade Bravo Award’s Innovative Social Sustainability Award in 2013. “I strongly believe that socially responsible businesses have an important role to play in the development of our societies and in the global economy.”
Social Impact and Social Outreach
Caribbean Craft provide Haitian artisans with fair wages, health and accident insurance, a pension system, and interest-free loans to meet their own needs in case of natural disaster. It’s a real livelihood for more than 400 artisans and their families.
Additionally, for the last four years Caribbean Craft has implemented a successful social project alongside the business. Partnering with PRODEV. Caribbean Craft created an education program for our artists. They learn foundation skills in literacy, numeracy as well as financial skills.
Each each year 30-40 students are enrolled in the program. Caribbean Craft is proud to say that all the artisans working in our premises now know how to read and write!
Upcycling and Sustainability
Caribbean Craft strives to make all of its products from recycled materials and promotes a sustainable lifestyle to each of our artisans.
Our trendy papier maché products are made from reused cement bags, and the starch from locally grown, renewable arrowroot. We create beautiful metal sculptures from recycled steel strums, and plastic bottles create napkin holders in tropical designs for picnics and barbecues. We are committed to continually find new and creative uses for discarded waste and recyclables.