Souvenirs from Marshall Islands
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has a culture of natural sustainability. Crafts are made using the materials found around the craft workers, especially the coconut. Coconut fibers, leaves and the hulls themselves are made into spectacular Marshallese souvenirs, such as woven handbags, baskets, carpets, or wall decorations. You can also find them shaped into tropical flowers and birds. Beauty treatments made from coconut oil are also readily available to make you a smoother skinned version of yourself, in addition to natural detergents and soap that avoid negatively impacting the environment. Traditional sea maps, called stick charts, and hand woven rugs from of pandanus leaves would be a commanding addition to a home office. Seashells are another popular souvenir from the Marshall Islands, especially when worn as necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Key chains and refrigerator magnets are a darling way to continue appreciate the gentle beauty of your beach vacation at home.
Traditional Canoes of the Marshall Islands
Exquisitely made and the envy of European wood workers, the traditional Marshallse canoe is a work of crasftmanship and art. Korkors, a small paddle boat, were created in an asymmetrical shape, with a platform to hold passengers and goods. Depending on the strength of the wind, 1-4 people would be used to provide ballast, guide the ship and bail water to protect items on boards. The tipnol was slightly larger, holding up to ten people, and was used for mostly for lagoon fishing. For ocean voyages, a 100 ft vessel called a walap was used. It could carry around 40 people and supplies for a month-long cruise. Created from the breadfruit tree, hulls were jointed together and lashed into the proper shapes with coconut ropes. The sails were created by weaving strips of pandanus leaves into sheets, which were also sewn to ensure stability. Captain Cook was in awe of the canoes speed and maneuverability, which left his fleet in the dust, so to speak.