Where When How — May/June 2017
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SUN AND SAND brINgS AbOUT NEW OPPOrTUNITIES TO refresh your wardrobe with wares of fancy. So, in the climbing heat of the pending summer, we recommend going local, with savvy creations from local designers who are responding to the demands of the tropics. Locally made straw weaved sunhats and breathable sandals offer some cool and comfort in the sun, and items such as floatable bamboo sunglasses and rash guards ensure your eyes and skin stay protected in the water. If you fancy some luxury on the beach, 100% organic cotton towels and silky cover-ups are savvy ways to prep for a beach day.

Should your sights be set beyond clothing and accessories, decorative goods and keepsakes are great ways to take a piece of the island home with you, from the ornamental, the edible, to the down right crafty. Shells, paintings, grass and straw baskets, maps, chutneys and engraved coasters, are a few locally made items. The main shopping areas are predominantly The regent Village, Ports of Call, The Saltmills, and Caicos Café Plaza.

Ceramic Art - Several galleries and boutiques on Providenciales carry locally made ceramic works of art. Find an exquisite platter or bowl with an island theme to remind you of your vacation, or a whimsical pottery birdhouse that could easily fit the décor of your lakeside condo. Our resident artists are inspired by the beauty around them, and their creativity seems unlimited. Decorative mosaic tiles, inspired coasters, mugs and plates are all easily wrapped so browse the galleries for that perfect gift.

Local Paintings - Like our ceramic artists, there are a variety of painters working in different genres. You can find traditional island style artwork and seascapes that prominently feature our beautiful white sand and turquoise water. Taking home an ocean view is a way of bringing the peace and tranquility you’ve found here, back to your home. There are also works of art that cover every imaginable subject and medium, by artists with large followings in the UK and North America. Enjoy browsing our galleries for just the right piece to give as a gift or treat yourself.

Photographs - We have many talented photographers who have captured the innate beauty and ‘feel’ of these islands and their works are available in our fine galleries. In addition to photographs printed on fine photo papers many of the artists print to canvas for a different texture. Photos can even be printed to ceramics. Ask about works from our photographers, framed and unframed. Canvas can be rolled for easy transport.

Conch Jewellery / Shells - The conch shell, on its own, is a rather unique gift and our ‘Island Doorstops’ have been spotted in homes around the world. If that’s a bit bulky, then choose jewellery, spoons, trivets and bowls made from the lustrous pink shell. They are locally made and a wide selection of these items are available in our island gift shops. The Turks and Caicos is one of the very few places in the world from which you can take conch and conch products. These amazing marine gastropods are endangered. But, in the TCI conch are still harvested and exported for nine months of the year. Because they’re a very popular island delicacy, we have plenty of shells from which artisans create their wares. You must have a receipt to show to Customs when you arrive home, to prove you haven’t taken a shell from a restricted jurisdiction.

Conch Pearls - Conch Pearls are beautiful and extremely rare. The estimates are that only 1 in 10,000 Conch produces a pearl, and less than 10 per cent of those pearls are gem quality. You can see island designed jewellery featuring Conch Pearls at Jai’s in The Regent Village. Jai‘s will also create one-of-a-kind designs, for a truly spectacular gift for a loved one.

Cuban Cigars - The artistry and quality of hand rolled Cuban cigars is worldrenowned, and crafted on island by the small team at The Cuban Cigar Factory in The Saltmills. Enjoy an extensive selection of cigars and accessories including humidors, lighters, cigar cutters and cases, for the most seasoned cigar aficionados. See page 139 for 15% Off Cigar Bundles.

Salt Cay Salt - Salt was once the White Gold of the Turks & Caicos, bringing traders and currency to this tiny country. It is a large part of our history and heritage so it is the perfect gift to take with you when you return home. In addition to the table varieties, there are also Salts for the bath and skin treatments. Check out the wide selection of items available and select something to treat the chef in your life, or maybe take home some bath salt to help you relax when you’re back in the real world.

Sea Sage Scarves - An elegant silk scarf is the perfect accessory to remind you of your vacation in paradise. Designer and local artist Amy Brown grew up on Sea Sage Hill Road, in Long Bay Hills, Providenciales. Amy always found herself at the beach with a camera in hand. Inspired by her travels and love of pattern, she created Sea Sage to present her unique photography in a distinctive and memorable way.

Wild Places by Kim Mortimer - A love of photography and her homeland brought Kim Mortimer to the idea of bringing out Wild Places of the Turks & Caicos Islands, a photographic book documenting the natural world of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Comprising stunning visuals of coastlines, cave systems, colonial architecture and wildlife, this makes an exquisite gift for those who enjoy nature at its tropical best.

Handcrafted Tree Ornaments Look for enchanting hand painted glass Christmas tree ornaments and elegant handcrafted ceramic ornaments available year-round at our art galleries and boutiques along Grace Bay. Perfect, small gifts to carry home to family and friends and a lovely reminder of your visit. Enjoy adding “tropical” to your Christmas tree!

Bambarra Rum- Bambarra is blended from imported rums and bottled here in the TCI. It was named after the language of West African slaves from the wreck of the Spanish slaver, the Trouvadore, off East Caicos in 1841. There are several varieties of Bambarra, including the requisite Bambarra Coconut Rum. You can also find the immensely popular Bambarra Rum Cake, our Islands’ most famous dessert. Bambarra T-Shirts, key chains, shot glasses and more are all available as well.