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The Bandana and Miss Lou

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September 07 is the birthday of the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, known to Jamaicans as “Miss Lou”. The folklorist, poet, and actress was well-known for her poems in Jamaican patois and her choice of fabric for her costumes – the ‘bandana’.

The ‘bandana’– a plaid cotton material with main colors of red, yellow and white – is an undeniable part of Jamaican heritage. It is regarded as the unofficial national fabric.

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

It was originally used to make the head tie and apron of female Jamaican farmers and vendors in the markets.

Today, the fabric is used to make costumes for national celebrations, such as Emancipation and Independence, particularly during performances of Jamaican poems, folk songs and dances.

For such occasions, costumed groups wear skirts, shirts or entire outfits made of the fabric in true “Miss Lou style”


Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love.

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