The art of making Papier-mâché in Jacmel

I like dragons and this craft I found interesting.


Papier-mâché = French for “chewed paper”, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

Papier-mâché is an extremely important form of art in Haiti and there is no other place where it is produced in such magnitude as Jacmel.  We visited this beautiful seaside town to meet some papier-mâché artisans who supply the colorful papier-mâché vases and serving trays to Macy’s Heart of Haiti program.

Papier-mâché has been made for centuries originating in China, the inventors of paper, back in the Han Dynasty (BC 202 – AD 220) and spreading to Japan, Persia and Egypt and eventually Europe in the mid 17th century.  In Haiti, papier-mâché has been made for generations as an important artistic and cultural part of Carnival and other celebrations.

Our group visited the studio of papier-mâché artisan Pierre Satyr where we received a live demonstration of how to make a vase out of…

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Easy Chocolate Parfait

For you chocolate lovers, here is a dessert for a hot night. You will need:

  • 2/3 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cup whipping cream or Cool Whip

Combine syrup, milk, vanilla, and whipping cream. Chill. Whip mixture until fluffy. Keep refrigerated until ready to use or freeze over night. Spoon into dessert glasses. Add sprinkles and nuts if you desire.

Sweet Potato Pudding

When my oldest daughter was a baby, her pediatrician told me not to feed her sweet potatoes because it was fattening. In today’s world, sweet potatoes are good for you. It’s silly how one day something that is bad is suddenly good. Here is a pudding recipe with sweet potatoes in it. Enjoy! You will need:

  • 2-3 medium peeled sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cube butter
  • 3 cups milk

Grind the potatoes until soft. In a bowl, add the potatoes, spices, sugar, and eggs. Beat well. Melt the butter in the microwave about 35 seconds. Pour butter into batter and stir. Grease a casserole dish. Finish batter by pouring milk in and blending well. Scoop batter into the casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes until done.

Blueberry Pudding

For all you blueberry fans, here is a pudding recipe. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg and blend well. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Alternate milk and flour mixture into batter until blended well. Fold in the blueberries, ( remember to remove any stems). Grease a 8 x 11 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.