Barbara’s ‘Bahamian Straw Craft’ Book and Bags Gain Fans with First Lady and Governor General


Last update: Feb 13 2017 – 01:45:37

First Lady Bernadette Christie receives a copy of “Bahamian Straw Craft” from straw designer Barbara Knowles-Jesubatham

Nassau, Bahamas – Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling and First Lady Bernadette Christie are the latest fans of the work of straw bag designer and author Barbara Knowles-Jesubatham. The two remarkable women recently caught up with Ms. Knowles-Jesubatham to learn more about her new book “Bahamian Straw Craft: A Guide to Making Native Straw Bags”, a first-of-its-kind teaching on creating iconic Bahamian straw bags. Proud “daughter” of Long Island, Barbara Knowles-Jesubatham is passionate about her art. She has won numerous awards for her authentic creations at the Bahamas International Cultural Festival, has been recognized as a “living legend” by the Zonta Club of New Providence and has even had one of her exquisite creations presented to Queen Elizabeth II. . Ms. Knowles-Jesubatham wrote her book in the hopes of passing this Indigenous art on to the next generation. She will be hosting her next book signing at the Spanish Wells Food Fair on November 13-14.


(ld) J. Ravi Jesubatham, Honorary Consul, Sri Lanka; Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, with a bespoke bag from Barbara’s Straw Designs; Barbara Knowles-Jesubatham, straw designer and author.

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