The folding of Curacao traditional head coverings


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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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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