Until the year 1853, cotton was the major agricultural focus on the Islands (San Andrés, Santa Catalina and Providencia). However, after this date, agriculture became more and more focused on Coconuts.
Coconuts became prevalent in both the gastronomy and economy of the islands. The fiber from the coconut tree branches is used to make hats, baskets, wall hangings and rugs.
The shells are used in a myriad of other handicrafts. There are the practical handicrafts -- bowls, spoons, lamps, cups and dishes. Those used to beautify -- necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and belts.
Yet another great idea for a Colombian souvenir, particularly if your child was born on the islands or if you choose to visit there.