Personally after examining the costume up close I honestly think it was just as good as any costume manufactured locally (well the ones that are still made here!) and I would love to see the day when you visit a Trade Convention and see a booth with Carnival costumes from Trinidad and Tobago on display. It is about time our local costume manufacturers recognise that mas is big business and there are buyers around the globe who would pay for the product. So here is hoping someone takes the leap of faith at the next Trade Convention (there is one in Curacao in September and TIC 2008 takes place May14th to 17th) and advertise the mas production skills to the global market; since we have "borrowed" many an idea from Brazil's Carnivals this venture is one I think is worth aping!
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