The Midnight Robber is one of the more popular and well loved characters portrayed in the traditional mas of Trinidad and Tobago. A typical Midnight Robber costume consists of a wide brimmed, tassled hat, a cape and accessories such as weapons and/ or a coffin. The Midnight Robber always makes use of a shrill whistle to command the attention of his audience or other Robersons nearby. He performs a drastic and rhythmic speech, often about his ancestry mixed with other themes of history, religion and mythology. At the end of his speech, Midnight Robber will often ask for money.
This week’s Colouring page is based on the traditional Carnival Character fondly known as Dame Lorraine.
The Dame Lorraine character is a parody of the masquerade played by French planters of the 18th and 19th century. On the Sunday before carnival, they would dress up and parade in fancy costumes of the French aristocracy at group gatherings at private homes where they would also dance sophisticated dances of that period.
The liberated slaves recreated these elaborate costumes with whatever scraps of readily available materials they could collect. They would often emphasize the bosom and behind with pillows or stuffing for added comedic effect.
This week’s colouring page is based on the traditional carnival character called “ Baby Doll”. This character is meant to be a parody of a mother who has an illegitimate child.The main components of this costume are a pleated dress, a bonnet, and most importantly, a doll. They would walk up to men on the streets and accuse them of being the father of the child. Usually, the masquerader will continue to embarrass the man until the baby doll character is given money. This costume is mostly portrayed by young women, however men will sometimes wear this costume and masquerade with a high-pitched voice for comedic effect.
Wow! I can’t believe August was the last month I posted on this site. I’ve been pretty busy and just haven’t had a moment to sit and post new works and WIPs until now. I’ve been having fun experimenting with neon acrylics and knife painting. A new series called Ultravilet Carnival has emerged from that experiment and I am quite pleased with the response 🙂 You can view this new series by clicking on the image below. Enjoy! 🙂