The karabela dress, also known as the quadrille dress in other areas of the Caribbean, is the traditional female garment of Haiti. Usually, this dress is very bright, festive, and made using a lot of fabric. In most cases, the karabela dress has a ruffled, open-neck top and a wide flowing bottom. The red and blue colors of the Haitian flag are almost always incorporated in the costume.
The headscarf may be either red or blue. The alternative to the headscarf is a straw hat. Straw hats were worn by slaves throughout the Caribbean for further protection from the sun.
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