The silver thatch palm played an integral role in Cayman’s history, an important resource for early settlers. It was used for roofing and housing materials as well as rope making, a once-thriving industry that was a major export for the islands. The fronds were also used for weaving durable hats, fans, brooms and baskets.

Today, this traditional Caymanian craft can be found at farmers markets, craft fairs and souvenir shops.