Juliette Chung, Stefan Williams and Sameel Lucas work the production line. Packaging costumes accurately and neatly is a key part of the Tribe plan for their masqueraders. At far right, just out of camera range another group checks each box before it is packed.
Story and photos by Mark Lyndersay
Tribe’s mas camp is more of a corporate headquarters, with a meeting room overflowing with supplies, offices and a large warehouse space where costumes are packaged for distribution.
But nothing is made here. The Tribe system is an elaborate network of 18 local producers who create the band in a system that costume production manager Michael Nobrega describes as “the spider’s web.”
Just one costume in all of Tribe’s 2008 presentation, Myths and Magic, has been built abroad, an ornately stitched section called Black Magic, but the headpieces and back packs for the costume have been built locally...........This elaborately synchronised ballet of raw material and widely distributed assembly centres is linked by big plastic buckets that eventually bring the finished costumes together for assembly, audit and packaging in at Tribe central, in Woodbrook.
Here, the final spit and polish are applied, the costumes packed in handsome brown boxes topped with a silvered Tribe logo on the lid, stacked on neat shelving to await distribution day.
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