[WORLDKINGS] Traditional clothing from around the world – P30 - Quadrille Dress: A legendary symbol of the Caribbean countries


(WorldKings.org) A Quadrille dress is a bespoke dress worn by women in Caribbean countries. The quadrille dress is the folk costume of Jamaica, Dominica and Haiti. It is known by a different name in each country. The dress is worn during the quadrille dance.

In Haiti, the quadrille dress is called a karabela dress. Traditional male attire for dances, weddings, and other formal wear is the linen shirt jacket. In Saint Lucia, the name of the dress is spelled Kwadril dress. In Jamaica, the quadrille dress is made of cotton. It's called a bandana skirt.



The quadrille skirt is worn with a ruffled sleeve blouse and a matching head tie. The traditional dress is made out of red and white cotton plaid, maroon and white plaid, or madras. The plaid material is called bandana fabric. During the quadrille, women typically wear this skirt with a ruffled blouse with sleeves and a head tie. The male dancers wear shirts and white pants made from the same material as the quadrille dress. Some versions of this folk costume include a headscarf that resembles a turban.



Men wear a shirt made out of the same fabric and white pants during quadrille and folk dances.  However, for weddings, the traditional male attire is a bush jacket made of linen fabric and black dress pants or a tuxedo and the female attire is a white wedding dress.



The folk headdresses in Jamaica are either bandanas or handmade straw hats. The hats were traditionally woven from the dried leaves of the Silver Palm top. A bandana is a piece of cloth wrapped around the head. It is meant to keep the hair in place and to protect the head from sunstrokes. But this headgear is not really authentic for Jamaica. Similar headpieces were imported from India in the 18th century. Though, Indian bandanas were made from silk. In Jamaica, people chose cotton and calico to make bandanas.



According to en.wikipedia; nationalclothing.org and deepinmummymatters.com

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