These Bandanas take root in the center of the earth and grow among tropical flora. The openwork shapes of the Paisley let various flowers bloom as if by magic. Mother Nature and Bandana merge to create this sublime pattern and thus shows us the paradise that is the Caribbean archipelago.
The bandana is a square-shaped scarf with printed patterns. The term bandana comes from Hindi and Sanskrit bandhana which means "tie", "tie", "headband". The bandana is a derivative of the head scarf or at least, its Indian equivalent. It has become a classic. The pattern originates from India and also echoes madras, which is an emblematic fabric from the West Indies.
HEAVEN ON EARTH
The Caribbean archipelago is an earthly paradise. Located at the edge of the tropics, the climate and geography vary according to the islands. The region's climate is tropical, varying from tropical rainforest in some areas to monsoon and tropical savannah in others. There are also places that have an arid climate with considerable drought in some years, and mountain tops tend to have a cooler temperate climate.
These different conditions are met for nature to be rich and providential. The islands have some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. The animals, fungi and plants are classified as one of the biodiversity hotspots by Conservation International due to the exceptional diversity of their terrestrial and marine ecosystems, which range from montane cloud forests to tropical rainforests and cactus brush. The region also contains about 8% of the world's coral reefs, as well as extensive seagrass beds, which are frequently found in the shallow marine waters that fringe the region's island and mainland coasts.
The Caribbean has been occupied by Native American Indians since at least 3600 BC. When the european colonization followed the arrival of Christopher Columbus, the population was quickly decimated, and on many islands the Europeans supplanted the Amerindian populations by Africans reduced to slavery. After Haiti's independence compared to the France At the beginning of 19th century and the decline of slavery, island nations gradually gained independence with a wave of new states over the 1950s and 1960.
From its past, this region bears heavy consequences. It is a space where different peoples have mixed together to form one. There is a diversity of languages and cultures which, although different, are based on a common energy and soul. We find English, French, Spanish, Dutch and various Creole. Despite all this, inequalities persist.
It is about highlighting the Caribbean region: Unite and educate. Different observations and reflections bring out different responses, here in textile form so that this thought is shared and carried as a standard. Leve Gaoule!
Bandanas feature multiple colors from the visible spectrum to showcase our nature and culture. The Creole language is a language with very colorful and sometimes funny comparisons. In this sense the colors are chosen and named in relation to local things and typical of the Caribbean region. The parallel is made between colors and objects, typical expressions, the luxuriant flora, the providential nature and the local pharmacopoeia, the knowledge of the ancients. These flat areas of color also form flags and allow us to discover the islands that make up our region and reflect the importance for us of knowing the islands around us. So to know at home is to know your people and it is to know yourself. For some islands under European trusteeship, this work is not done in educational institutions and it is a considerable lack when Caribbean people know Europe and its history better than the Caribbean. It's not said like that but knowing the islands, their shapes, their flags inks us in our Caribbean geographical space and makes us feel at home. Conversely, if it is Europe that we know, we may tend to leave our paradise too easily.