Noailles Village is a small, quiet town located in Croix-des-Bouquets city where the hammering sounds of pounding chisels can be heard reverberating through the area. Noailles Village is a thriving metal sculpture industry in Haiti, this unique industry is home to dozens of craftsmen making it the centre for carved iron crafts, offering the largest variety of carved iron sculptures in the country.
The metal work tradition in this area began in 1956 with just one blacksmith, George Liataud who began his work making beautiful iron crosses for graves and tombs in the local cemeteries where he worked at. George then decided to start working on creating these wonderful crosses to sell, he drew upon the inspiration of voodoo but was persuaded to also include more of a Christian form of the cross in his work, so as to have a bigger market in the United States. The crosses incorporated other designs as well, such as birds, flowers and hearts. George Liataud presented his work at an exhibition in the U.S. in 1955. The metal workers are known for recycling old steel drums, hammering the metal into lightweight sheets which then help to build beautiful craftsmanship.
Artisans also sell their hand craft to tourist through workshops, tourist get to interact with the artisans and even have the opportunity to create custom pieces made to their liking. Sculptors decided to set up their work in the little village of Noailles, within the Croix des Bouquets area, and ever since then this inventive and distinctive form of art has stayed exclusively in the village, producing generation after generation of artists.