The traditional garment in Jamaica is called “bandana skirt” and is made of red&white madras worn with a white ruffled blouse. Originally, it was worn to dance the quadrille, a dance performed throughout the Caribbean.
The local females use a headscarf made from matching madras cloth. During slavery, the headscarf protected enslaved women from the harsh rays of the sun. Today, it serves the same purpose and also makes a nice supplement to the costume.
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