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Wicker Furniture – Jamaica

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Jamaica, Jamaica
North America

Contributor

Karen Gulliver


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Jamaica’s wicker furniture likely dates back to the 1600s, when the British invaded the island to wrest control of the colony from Spain. The British colonization of Jamaica introduced plantation estates devoted to sugarcane production, which in turn produced a variety of wicker goods. The old plantations are now high-end resorts and golf courses, but wicker furniture still sits on sprawling verandas draped with wisteria vines. In the heat and humidity of the tropics, they snap, creak and groan as if to tell you about their past and all they’ve weathered since.

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