Jamaican Bandana - The History Behind It

by My-Island-Jamaica.com


Over many years we have come to associate Madras cloth, or bandana as it is more commonly known, with Jamaican festival celebrations.


Many may not know that this cloth is not originally Jamaican. As a matter of fact, the word bandana is derived from the Hindi word ‘bandhana’ meaning “to tie”.

However this has not deterred the cultural associations that come with the clothes that Jamaicans make from this material being called the National Costume of Jamaica.

Well the original wearers of bandana said to have been imported from India in the 18th century was made from silk and later copied by British manufacturers and put into mass production using cotton instead of silk.

Today Jamaica Festival honors local talent and ingenuity, from poets and performers to entertainers and musicians, all a part of Jamaican culture and can be expressed in song and dance while wearing traditional bandana.

Following the success of the Independence festival in 1963 the overall organization of Jamaican festival continued to grow. A small unit known as the Festival Office was established; the aim of which was to bring thousands of volunteers together to highlight the work that neded to be done to improve each Festival Zone.

Soon enough, the festival grew and began to showcase cultural resources, creative talents and the beauty of the people of Jamaica.

Source: Jamaica Observer - "One Stop Driva"

Comments for Jamaican Bandana - The History Behind It

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 22, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Change the Jamaican bandana
by: j wilmot-Daley

I think it is time for Jamaica to retire the Jamaican bandana in its red form/color.

Which one of our leaders chose this attire as our cultural dress? What were their thinking when they chose this fabric?

In the US this bandana material is associated with a "mammy symbol" or a maid symbol her name is "Aunt Jimmima.

The appears on pancake mix boxes in the grocery stores. The material has a negative connotation.

Going forward, we can still keep the plaid pattern but make the new fabric into a green, gold, and black plaid.

This new plaid can at times be accented or trimmed with other colors, white, red, yellow, green, and black. I think this would be a liberated new move for freeing up our minds.

Jan 20, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstar
i learnt something new
by: Anonymous

Wow. I thought the bandana came from african heritage

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to article_submission.

"My Jamaica Vacation Was Way Nicer Than Yours :-)" Click here To Read The Stories, or Click Here To Share Your Own!

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

wellesley gayle 2017

Was The Information Helpful?

Great! Please help me get the message out by sharing with your friends on social media (links below)

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

Need More Help?

We have a cherry list of top Jamaican companies that might be able to help you. Please click here to see them, our preferred partners and site sponsors.

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See

SEARCH THE SITE



Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Luna Sea Inn
Luna Sea Inn Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Did You Miss These?

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Jamaica Trips - The Perfect Vacation Getaway On A Budget

    Oct 20, 17 12:05 AM

    Here's what you need to plan the your perfect Jamaica trips on a budget

    Read More

  2. Oh No - Chinese coal fired power plant in Jamaica

    Oct 18, 17 11:53 PM

    Wellesley, I write to you with tears in my eyes, and a very, very, heavy heart. As a person of Jamaican heritage I am devastated to just now be hearing

    Read More

  3. AIM Financial Corporation

    Oct 18, 17 11:52 PM

    AIM Fianancial Corporation provides all types of loans to Jamaica. Our loans are no hassle at competitively low interest rates. Our loan offerings include

    Read More

  4. Couples Swept Away Negril Jamaica - Prepare To Be 'Swept' Away

    Oct 16, 17 08:52 AM

    There is no where quite like couples swept away Negril Jamaica, seriously none. Here is why.

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.