The RMI Embassy in Washington D.C. is committed to empowering the Marshallese people through the sale of their specialized handicrafts (in a culturally appropriate manner) here in the United States . Although handicrafts are not sold by the Embassy, we feel that the promotion of these crafts contributes to the economic independence of the artisans, particularly women, and would be happy to put you in contact with these talented individuals.
Marshallese handicrafts are known throughout the Central Pacific region for their high quality workmanship and originality, and for their use of natural products. Although the handicrafts are extremely specialized, they are certain to please a broad range of consumers. You will find woven baskets, fans, hats, wall hangings, purses, mats, coasters, Marshallese stick charts and much more! They are made in the homes of the Marshallese people and with the natural resources found mostly on the outer atolls. These include such raw materials as coconut, pandanas leaves, and likajir shells. One can also find a wonderful array of coconut oil products ranging from hand soaps to laundry detergent. Not only are these products good for your skin, but will not harm the environment.
The mastery of craft-making remains an important art form in the Marshall Islands . Accessibility to U.S. markets will help encourage this traditional art form to flourish despite a world-wide trend toward mass production of goods. Artisans depend on crafts as their primary source of income generation. It is hoped that the identification of markets outside the Marshall Islands will provide the artisans with more dependable salaries and greater economic opportunity.