Where culture meets fashion (Montserrat Emerald Isle of the Caribbean)
Originating in India, the madras is the official national cloth (made into a dress) of the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Although there is one official style recent years have seen a range of fashion around the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. During these celebrations a large number of Irish folk visit the island to share in the celebrations. Apart from Ireland, Montserrat is the only other country in the world that celebrates St Patrick’s Day as an official public holiday! The main reason, relates to it’s Afro Irish ancestry and cultural heritage.
The colors of emerald green, marigold, black and white are said to be representative of the various contributions of our ancestors and the settlers of our social and cultural background. The colors green, gold and black are said to reflect our African heritage. The photos I share here are of the national dress (traditional), the skirt worn as a dress and the head piece word as a necklace and I’m also wearing a fashionable jumpsuit.
If you ever want a tranquil, serene holiday destination full of life and culture (a paradoxical statement but true) visit Montserrat situated 17 minutes by air from Antigua and Barbuda. Also travel in by ferry, only a 1 hour ride. Best times to visit during the St Patricks Day celebrations in March, Calabash festival in July and Christmas, carnival festivities in December. Mango season can run from about May to july and sometimes beyond. Pick your time and don’t forget to hang at Little Bay!