National Geographic : 1958 Feb
© National Geographic Society Straw Flowers Burst into Bloom on Hats Made in the Islands The manufacture of straw products is a cottage industry in the Bahamas. Is landers strip palmetto and coconut palm fronds from trees and plait them into strips. Sewn together into sheets, the material is sold in Nassau, where hats, purses, and baskets are made. Vendors sew on straw, shell, and cloth decorations in this open-air market on Rawson Square. Burlesquing the "sack silhouette," 170 Vivien Fairbairn wears a palmetto bag.