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Local craft maker fashions ‘Territorial dolls’

Local craft maker, Ms Kishmet B. Daniel, has produced a line of dolls which have showcased the beauty and variety of the Virgin Islands over the past few weeks through the recently introduced Territorial dress. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Some of the dolls outfitted with the Virgin Islands' Territorial Dress which were created by Ms Kishmet Daniel. Photo: VINO
Daniel, who operates a booth at the Crafts Alive Village and has been in the business of craft making for over a decade, told Virgin Islands News Online that the dolls were made in a very short space of time from recycled material. Photo: VINO/File
Daniel, who operates a booth at the Crafts Alive Village and has been in the business of craft making for over a decade, told Virgin Islands News Online that the dolls were made in a very short space of time from recycled material. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Local craft maker, Ms Kishmet B. Daniel, has produced a line of dolls which have showcased the beauty and variety of the Virgin Islands over the past few weeks through the recently introduced Territorial dress.

The Territorial Dress was officially introduced last year during Territory Day observations on July 1, 2013 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.

Asked about her main goal in producing and showcasing the dolls, Daniels said it was in an attempt to portray aspects of the local culture to tourists who visited the Territory, “The Territorial [print] teaches the tourists about our culture… the [Virgin Islands] sloop boat… the cloth has everything about the VI on it,” she stated.

Daniel, who operates a booth at the Crafts Alive Village and has been in the business of craft making for over a decade, told Virgin Islands News Online that the dolls were made in a very short space of time from recycled material.

She explained that she acquired the material for the Territorial outfits for the dolls at the Clovers store on Waterfront Drive in Road Town where they are available exclusively.

According to Daniel, she has since sold at least 25 of the dolls and now has only a few remaining.

She further suggested that, as a means of further promoting the Territorial print, images could be added to the welcome magazine that greets tourists upon their arrival to the Territory. 

40 Responses to “Local craft maker fashions ‘Territorial dolls’”

  • ... (27/01/2014, 14:12) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    good work Kesmet
  • friend (27/01/2014, 14:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is a very good idea to make the Territorial Doll. I am sure that you would get lots of them sold. Keep up the good works, you would not know now how far this could take you. I wish you all the best.
  • Eh? (27/01/2014, 14:53) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is BEAUTIFUL Kishmet!!! Please keep up the good work and stay focused, don't let anybody distract you from the gift that God has given you. I don't believe in leaning on Government for anything but this is one area where I think they can assist in whatever you may need. These are the things the Tourists want and I think the BVI TB/Government would do well to purchase some of your craft or even engage you as a consultant, yes, I said it, to develop such crafts as a part of Tourism/Cultural marketing strategies. GOOD JOB!!!!
  • RSS (27/01/2014, 15:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job Kishmet. She is not the only one in Crafts Alive that produces dolls - please also check out Franz, Rita and Cheryl. There are many other locally made crafts that are sold in Crafts Alive including jewelry, gifts, sauces, jellies, paintings, carvings etc. and it would be really nice for these people to be highlighted. Sadly most people in the BVI think everything in there is just junk which is totally incorrect - they need to take a stroll in there and talk to the people that work in there.

    • Lolly (27/01/2014, 18:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      These are not bvislanders kishmette from here
      • long look me come from (27/01/2014, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        For real she born here
      • RSS (28/01/2014, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Go in there and take a look and find out how many vendors that produce are "Born here". Not that it matters, locally produced is the key word. And yes I understand that Kishmette is from here and she does a great job.
    • @RSS (28/01/2014, 07:50) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Come on, this is Kishmet's story, not Craft Alive story. Let the others tell the media what they do and put their own story out there, then we will know. This particular article is about Miss Daniel and no one else, so don't use it to promote anyone else. Let them do their thing, let them speak out for themselves. She is marketing her own crafts, not John Public.
    • Yes (30/01/2014, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      rrs u sound jealous let the three of them go pay and publish their story likemrs daniel
  • weed (27/01/2014, 17:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    girl you need to get a spot out by the ship you got the real stuff
  • good job (27/01/2014, 17:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excellent work Kishmet!
  • big bird (27/01/2014, 17:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is fascinating
  • Creative (27/01/2014, 18:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow, Wow, Wow. I'm speechless.

    Miss Daniel, do you sew for adults. If you do, I will ask you to make my national dress in grand style!
  • Kishmette Daniel! (27/01/2014, 18:45) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks everyone as an ambassador of my country I am constantly always finding ways to sell my product and that product is the virgin islands .i have more in store that will be posted to u the public from time to time I love what I am doing and I am happy that I have a place to showcase all my work and see people enjoy my work right now I am focusing on making some bags that when u see it and what it is made from u won't believe it I want to thank everyone that took the time out to stop by to see my work and encourage me not to give up thanks everyone
    • town hall (28/01/2014, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are welcome girl
    • Nice (28/01/2014, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Kishmet, which one of the buildings are you located? I love your work.
    • Eh? (28/01/2014, 09:18) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Kishmette, again, please approach Tourist Board or the powers that be and get an arrangement in place. It's not a hand out, you are very talented and it's rare in BVI right now to see young locals with such great talents. If you need assistance, I'm sure there are many out there who will be willing to speak/negotiate on your behalf. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. Looking at your Crafts, these should be available at all our Ports. These should be included with packages that the Government offer to visiting diplomats, the cruise captains and others. It's truly BVI, true local craft/talent and the tourists and even us locals alike would appreciate it. Stick with your craft, keep your head on and more importantly, DO NOT LET ANYBODY USE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • BVIroots (31/01/2014, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please keep up the good work! We need more people with your talent!
  • pat (27/01/2014, 19:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now this is from good to great stuff nice
  • Locally made locally bought (27/01/2014, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think BVIslanders should acquire these dolls to. Great job.
  • apple pie (27/01/2014, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Daniel you continue to make all real bviislanders proud keep up the good works girlfriend
  • farmer brown (27/01/2014, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just love this young lady's work bam
  • new day (28/01/2014, 07:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am going to pass by today as you have real good items
  • Native Boy (28/01/2014, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. D your work is just Awesome!
  • family (28/01/2014, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dont Just talk, pass in by her lil shop and buy a couple of her things to high light your home she is mad talented.
  • pat (28/01/2014, 15:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think it is great that these craftswomen and men are finally getting recognition. I would also like to give a shout out to Trinita and her cloth dolls. They are spectacular.
  • Kim Possible (28/01/2014, 19:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of you Kismet all of Rosie children shine in different ways proud of you sis. I known the work that you produce and I also watch you make them as well with love and passion... I applaud you on everything you do.... don't forget my graduation coming up lol... Do your thing . Job well done
    • fyah (29/01/2014, 06:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I actually went to see this young lady when them point out her shop. I can't. Believe that they put this girl all the way to the back the last shop. Nnow minister for the. Subject an jan why is this lady in the back and all those muck in the front. And with eight children and. Can. Still do work this young lady. Is a star I hhope keshment. Aint payin no. 250 for her shop. U all go and see the. Dresses that youngg lady knits. Keshment we luv. U
    • time will tell (29/01/2014, 07:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Kim Possible, as a business major, you need to speak with her about copy right or trade marking her unique craft ideas. They are indeed great and could be her gold mine but only they are protected for the future. The VI Cultural Doll could be a really big deal!! She deserves this kind of protection.
  • sea cows bay massive (28/01/2014, 23:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    so happy to see by sea cows bay girl moving on up with her skills
  • one love (30/01/2014, 00:31) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    I send someone to get a doll to take rock city and she aint had none left what happened she only made two? Lol
    • kishmet daniel (30/01/2014, 11:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      one love thats a lie are u trying to be funny ? please i wont even waste my strength on negative energy
      • @ kishmet daniel (31/01/2014, 06:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ms. Daniel why are you even wasting time with the haters????…they know where your store is and if they were legit they would have gotten a doll…keep your head high girl you got what they all want..Real skills and talent!!!!
  • Jah Bless (30/01/2014, 09:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kishmet is back!
  • Stella (03/02/2014, 18:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would love to show you more fantastic styles of dressing doll's; I thought that at school's all over the world it's more than 30 years. Get in contact with me and you will grow into more business I am here to teach. I also thought students at Secondary school and grown up people.And to tell the truth I made it and I am happy to know that it is still in style.


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