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Creole Traditional Dresses Along the Atlantic

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Creole Traditional Dresses Along the Atlantic

Creole Traditional Dresses Along the Atlantic

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One of the interesting things about the ‘middle passage’ was the creolization of black communities all along the Atlantic coast of the new world. New African based, and western influenced Creole communities emerged along the Caribbean, South America, the U.S., and also back in West Africa, where freed blacks from all of the places mentioned above returned and founded settlements.

Traditional Fashion is among some of the cultural elements that link many of these Creole groups together. Whether it’s the colorful nature of the outfits, or the patterns and texture of the material, one can visibly see a connected story being told across the Atlantic, from St. Lucia to Jamaica, Freetown to Suriname, Haiti to Dominica, heritage and history are threaded together.

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Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer with ancestral links across West Africa and the other side of the Atlantic. He resides in Maryland, USA with his family. www.akindeletmdecker.com

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