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Saturday, November 04, 2006


Mas Jumbies revolutionary take on J'ouvert "Diable" is soon to be launched. The website will be updated tomorrow, but I do have a preview of what to expect. In the words of the designer, here is a description of the costume:

This is the 20 member special section titled "The Silver Horn Devils". She wears the optional long sarong, a short sarong is standard. The masks are fully lined with padding and are quite light being that they are made of cardboard. Ventilation is also provided by the large face opening and the back which is covered by fabric strips. You wear what you want under the sarong and necklace that way you are free to dress up or down; red and black body paint is freely available.

This section costs TT $300.00 and represents the Gownsmen and Presidents from the Devil & Dragon bands of yesteryear. The materials used, cardboard and cloth represent the Juve mas that is still played. The section is both for men & women, the men don't get the sarong nor the necklace, they have a different version and they have an apron instead of the sarong.

Enclosed is also what the basic TT $200.00 unisex headpiece looks like.

Special section character "The Silver Horn Devils"

Basic headpiece

I have to say the costumes look less like J'ouvert and more like what you would expect for Tuesday mas. I like the fact that you have options for either the long or short sarong as well as the large or regular headpiece; though I think the special section is fabulous!

If I were playing J'ouvert this is a band that I would play with, not only do I like to see young designers making a venture into Carnival, I also like the fact that the costume is something more than just a T-Shirt. I really like the fact that the focus is on the Mas as art.

My initial thought when seeing the long sarong option is that it looks too "clothed" however, the fact that you can wear any matching top or bottom makes it interesting and the long sarong is optional so you can always get the short sarong. A skimpy bikini top paired with the sarong makes the costume very sexy, and for those who want more coverage you can wear a vest.

There is a story behind each of the band's sections, and for the story of The Silver Horn Devils please visit Brain Wong Won's BLOG; it's a good read and he goes into much detail of the concept behind the band "Diable".

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