Polka dotted dwiyet Aileen Burton is the author of National Dress of Dominica published in 2008.
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dwiyet Roseau Cultural Group performing on the steps of the Roseau Catholic Cathedral. The women (in the foreground) are wearing flowered jacquard dwiyèts with tête a l'air

The Wòb Dwiyèt can also be referred to as the 'Gwan Wòb' or 'Wòb a Gwan Jupon'. It evolved over the years from the 1800ís incorporating in its evolution, the various cultures which had an impact on the island, i.e. the English, French and African. While we may attribute the cut and fit of the Wòb Dwiyèt to the dresses of the Victorian era in Europe transported to the island during the colonial period, it is beyond doubt that the colour combinations and lavish gold accessories were influenced by the Africans brought across the Atlantic during the slave trade. This outfit was worn mainly by self-employed women, hucksters (wivandèz), cooks, home helps, nannies or da's over the age of forty years. The Dwiyèt was worn at home daily by some women well into the 1960's.

Components of the Wòb Dwiyèt
gwan wòb
foula
gwan jupon
madras head piece
gold accessories
shoes
fan

The Wòb Dwiyèt is unofficially accepted as national wear of Dominica.

Inexpensive cotton fabric was chosen for everyday use and semi formal occasions. A variety of patterns were used, for example, striped, plain, checked, floral and plaid (not to be confused with madras).

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