Located on Domaine de Val des Près, in Au Cap on the east coast of Mahé, the Seychelles Craft Village is one place worth adding to your itinerary when visiting this beautiful area – particularly if you’re hoping to pick up an authentic present for a loved one back home. Here’s our guide to the craft village.
The craft village is not just for buying your souvenirs, it’s an area dedicated to preserving and sharing Seychelles’ history, culture and traditions.
In the village you’ll find the Grann Kaz Plantation House, dating back to around 1870. Taking a wander around the house is well worthwhile as most of the original features are still inside.
You’ll also find ‘Lakaz Rosa’ a replica of a a servant house typical of colonial times. In 2016, the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, teamed up with the Senior Citizens Association to allow senior citizens the chance to work and share their knowledge of traditional craft, cooking and Creole culture at Lakaz Rosa.
There are 12 craft huts at Domain de Val de Près as well as Maison de Coco, a house built of coconut products where there are all kinds of coconut items for sale.
If you are looking for nice souvenirs from the Seychelles then this is the best place to go to find them.
There are all sorts of items being made and sold at the craft village, including paintings from local artists.
You can also discover handmade jewellery, batik clothing and a wide range of items made from coconut. There are also some impressive handmade wooden sailboats available.
One of the best things about the craft village is that you can see the artists at work. They are happy to talk about their craft and how it fits into Seychelles culture.
The craft village, is an ongoing development and the Seychelles government is highly invested in promoting craft in Seychelles as a means to preserve Creole culture. Not only will you find a beautiful gift, you are helping keep the art and history of a rich culture alive.