Division of Culture releases mini documentary on Screw Pine Craft

screw pine art

The Division of Culture has released a mini documentary on the making of craft products from the Screw Pine plant. The video entitled Screw Pine is being released on social media, a first for the Division.

It will also be shown on conventional media such as the television channel of the Government Information Service (GIS) and in particular the Division’s Culture in Action television programme.

The video details the process of preparing the screw pine leaves and the making of typical craft items such as hats, belts, table mats, hand bags, letter holders and fans. The production was coordinated by Cultural Officer Carlton Henry and the technical aspects were managed by Cultural Officer Earlson Matthew.

Screw Pine is the Cultural Division’s first in a series of videos on various aspects of Dominican culture to be published on social media such as You Tube and Facebook. The documentary can also be viewed on the Division’s Official website, www.divisionofculture.gov.dm.

The Division is seeking to make cultural information more readily available to wider audiences especially the young, using the latest information and communication technologies.

The general public can look forward to videos on other topics and various activities being carried out by the Cultural Division.

See documentary below

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  1. Sookooyan
    June 20, 2015

    Did the cultural division or government teach these people how to do these crafts? These skills have been passed down from generation to generation and this generation has been removed from the line. If we want the skills passed on, then we need to send our children to sit at the feet of these artists to learn. Enough with this government must do this or that.

  2. wow
    June 16, 2015

    im never complaining about the prices again, thats alot of work……….nice job wish i could learn how to do those things…………..we need classes for this crafts not nails n hair classes

  3. June 16, 2015

    The lady is simply preparing the screwpine leaves …putting the screwpine leaves in hot boiling water ,removes the clorophyl which is the green colour in the leaves ,this is normally called bleaching,then the leaves should be placed in the sun to dry ,after drying,the edges with prickles must be pulled off ,other bits such as the ends and the hardest part which is the root of the leaves ,then the leaves must be splited into a certain size according to what is done with it,,,example ,bags,hats,floor mats,table mats,baskets,ornaments,etc..the sun hats are the most valued pieces made of these screwpine leaves..
    the gov’t should put in place proper structures in order to teach the youth about this wonderful cultural trade,

  4. Moine Meme
    June 16, 2015

    Excellent production

  5. June 15, 2015

    It is very educational what the cultural division is doing keep up the good work. But the lady hand is take too much fire she should have some gloves next time.

  6. wisewoman
    June 15, 2015

    Very informative. I look forward to seeing more such mini films.
    Thank you.

  7. Commentry
    June 15, 2015

    very informative. I like. More of these documentaries need to be done. We also need to teach the current generation to keep this tradition going

  8. Peace
    June 15, 2015

    Hats off to the cultural division for producing this video. I had no idea how labour intensive it is to create such beautiful craft items.

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