Saturday 28 March, 2020

Origins: Wire before feathers

There are few things more colourful than Carnival Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. The capital city is littered with the brightest costumes, feathered and textured.  

Masqueraders in bliss, dressed as characters conceptualised in the minds of the greatest designers parade all throughout the country.  

Before the final touches and ticklish feathers, beginning in a cold, thin strand, is wire. Headpieces, backpacks, arm and leg bands all begin with wire. 

An overlooked aspect of Carnival tradition, Martin Sealy explains the importance of wire bending and laments the need for new blood to enter the fold. 


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