Two Islands One paradise - Beautiful St. Kitts and Nevis

   
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  The National Wear
 
       
The National Wear
 
    
 
              St. Kitts and Nevis National Wear
 
Women's Wear 
Men's Wear
A straw hat trimmed with madras offered protection from the hot day's sun. The short sleeved, v-neck jack shirt trimmed with madras is made from off-white cotton. The design is similar to traditional shirts worn by Africans. The beige cotton, ankle length pant is a reflection of the local fabrics that were commonly used during the colonial period.

St. Kitts and Nevis' Official National Wear reflects the true "Caribbeaness" of its people. A combination of African and European influences which have shaped the history of St. Kitts and Nevis is evident in both the male and female outfits.
It is customary for African women to wrap their heads for protection. The main dress is off-white cotton, with a corset top and an ankle length, wide flare petticoat bottom. The beige cotton sleeves are short and puffed by using the drawstring. A short lap skirt made from crocus is worn over the main dress to protect it from dirt. The madras "Cane Soda Wrap", which was used to carry soda while fertilizing sugar cane, is draped around the waist. The crocus drawstring bag was a safe way for women to secure their money.


The National Wear Design was selected on September 1st, 2003. Outfits for both Men and Women were created by the design team of Dwayne Weekes, Grace Woodley, Vaughan Woodley and Joyette Woodley. The Original First Samples that reside at the St. Kitts Department of Culture were produced by Yvette Caines (Mens Wear) and Michelle Archibald Phillip (Womens Wear)

 
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