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Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic boasts home-brewed beers, pizzas cooked with firewood, ecological furniture, artificial preservatives free sausages, beauty products without chemicals, and handmade garments with unique finishes, which are increasingly becoming consumers favorites, Forbes Magazine reports.

Lt said Dominican Republic's artisanal sector accounts for income of US$350 million annually, citing figures from the Industry and Commerce Ministry, "which represents 0.5% of the gross domestic product (PIB).

The financial magazine stresses that recent trend toward hand-crafted articles based on traditional techniques and methods that maintain products as offered by nature, both in the fields of gastronomy and beverages as in the world of decoration, textiles and costume jewelry.

"While it is true that the phenomenon of the Industrial Revolution displaced artisanal production, the emergence of "handmade" labels evident that this social, technological and economic transformation process didn't erase the existence of people dedicated to independent and small scale production," Forbes reports.

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2 comment(s)
Written by: Ricardolito, 10 Jan 2017 4:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
This is a very good news story just shows what good spin off industries there are from the tourist hotel industry .. The figure could be so much higher if good cotton was used ,,the DR weather is not suited to silk nor nylon .
Written by: guillermone, 10 Jan 2017 4:20 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

Perhaps things have improved recently, but I find most of the handicrafts and artisanal goods made in the DR to be fair to mediocre. I have seen and compared them to those made in Mexico, Central and South America and they tend to outshine Dominican products.

My friend just got back from Colombia recently and she brought the family a few souvenirs and food products. I was very impressed with the quality, meticulous presentation and packaging. Someone needs to go over to the DR and teach our artisans better quality control and marketing methods. There are quite a few that seem to be a bit too rustic, crude and cave mannish.
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