Indo-Caribbean Arts and Craft
I have been an educator for the past 40 years, and even at this advancing age, I cannot stop sharing my knowledge and skills with people free of charge.
I feel compelled by an inner, divine calling.
I have decided to teach the public the artistic customs and traditions handed down to us by our ancestors.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only ten students were allowed to pursue this course. After the pandemic is over, I hope to invite villagers and all interested persons to participate.
To pursue my vision, I have built the Beepath’s Ranch and Cultural Centre in Caparo (Central Trinidad) to continue the work of my parents and grandparents in passing down this type of education to the next generation.
My teaching assistants (tutors) are Ivy Ramdeen and Nalita Beepath.
Many aspects of Indo-Caribbean Arts and Craft, and indeed the tradition itself, have been marginalised and even excluded in our school and university curriculum, Government’s programs, and by orgainsations such as CARIFESTA (The Caribbean Festival of Arts).
Paper craft designs
We started with paper designs using kite-paper and cut-out bird’s nest and other hanging decor used by our grandparents to decorate tents for weddings, yajnas, birthdays and other festive occasions.
Paper craft uses different types of paper as the primary artistic medium for the creation of two- or three-dimensional objects.
The paper can be folded, curved, bent, cut, glued, moulded, stitched or layered to make beautiful, colourful, aesthetic creations.
Paper is cheap and easier to handle than other media such as ceramics, wood and metals. It is ideal for use by children.
Paper cut-outs with standing human figures. These designs can be hung overhead on parallel lines or stuck to the sidewalks as decorations
Paper Chinese lanterns
Paper cut-out corn bird’s nest
Another paper cut-out corn bird’s nest. This can be done singly or doubled.
Paper garlands [malas] of varying lengths, sizes and colours
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