Last Saturday I went to the US Embassy (well, to its parking lot) for the bi-annual craft fair. Liberia is not actually that big on crafts compared to other African countries. A lot of the goods for sale on the street are cheap mass-produced Chinese imports. So it was a real treat to visit the craft fair, where all of the goods for sale were hand made by local artists, artisans, and tailors.
The array of items included boldly colored canvases painted with African motifs; hand-carved masks and sculptures; bead necklaces; bags, dresses, and tablecloths made from African fabric; cheerful cards depicting African figures; and wallets fashioned from recycled plastic water bags. Among the more unique Christmas gifts were bottle openers made from old gun parts and empty bullet shells reworked into crosses, peace signs, and angels (you can even buy a full nativity scene set!).