The folding of Curacao traditional head coverings  by steppeland

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Amsterdam SouthEast – multicultural and hospitable
Photojournalism – local news – documentary

Photo made during a demonstration of the folding of the traditional Curacao head coverings ( Lensu) , in Amsterdam Southeast (Amsterdam Southeast Inhabitants day – Saturday 20 september 2009)

Note: It was brought to my attention that the head coverings demonstrated were not originating from Suriname, but from Curacao. Underneath info refers to Suriname head coverings – I am waiting for additional information to correct this description, if necessary

These head coverings are a specific part of the traditional dress from the Afro -Surinamese women or Creoles in Suriname. The koto was developed during the slavery period in Suriname; its special purpose was to protect the Afro-Surinamese woman against their masters’ sexual interest.
The folding of the angisa sends a social message, for example “Let them talk”. (Source Wikipedia
Other meanings may be “Go to hell” or “Wait for me around the corner”

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Pentax 18-55 lens
exp.time 1/125 sec. at f/5.6
ISO 200 Focal length 33 mm
609 views on April 17, 2011

TAGS : creoles, amsterdam southeast, people, women, work, culture, colourful, ethnic, amsterdam, photojournalism, diversity, folding, curacao, head coverings, hats

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

  • Anastasia Zabrodina
    Anastasia Zabr...over 5 years ago

    thank you for the educational information (a bit funny with the translation of the message) and the photo! I like the expression of the sitting woman – she must surely be an object of harrassment! hahaha :-)

  • What do you mean, Anastasia, am I using not the right words or terminology?That might well be the case, and if so, I would really appreciate if you could help me find better wording – using English as a second language can indeed cause funny translations LOL, even while I do try to look things up as much as possible. Further, thank you so much for the kind comment! I really appreciate you looking and commenting – thanks for your visit! :)

    – steppeland

  • Anastasia Zabrodina
    Anastasia Zabr...over 5 years ago

    sorry, steppeland! All I meant was that the fact of having a certain hat can send someone to hell seemed hilarious to me! the translation was fine! and the new fact was surely interesting! :-)

  • Rofl! oh, I see – sorry for misunderstanding your message then – lmao! Yes indeed, those hidden messages are hilarious indeed, esp. for the insiders ;) – Thanks again!

    – steppeland

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 5 years ago

    Cool work!

  • Thank you, Kim! Your support and kind comments mean a lot – esp. since this kind of documentary photography is a rather new area to me – so very exciting to try things out :)

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Amazing and indeed an art form they have doing the hats.

  • Yes, I think so too! :)

    – steppeland

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    April 14, 2011

  • Wonderful! Thank you so much for the feature, Teresa. It means a lot!

    – steppeland

  • rosettajallow1
    rosettajallow1almost 4 years ago

    Love your photos. congratulations on your Feature.

  • Thank you, Rosetta for the kind comment and compliment!

    – steppeland

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