I have been a faithful member of TRIBE from 2005 and I must say this is the first year that I am highly disappointed in my costume that I have received.For me to comment via email on Carnival Sunday should tell you of my strong feelings towards my costume.
My fellow mas player is equally disatisfied, being from Jamaica and also a faithful TRIBE follower, this costume though beautiful has been a total let down from what we expected.
The bra has glue strands and some missing beads, the waist band also had that problem, upon returning home after distribution. We kinda pushed it aside and said that's ok we can work thru it. We were told that our headpieces weren't ready and had to be collected on Friday, reaching Cascadia, we were told that we had to wait approximately an hour to get our head pieces, while waiting, there were some other masqueraders who were there for roughly two hours and hadn't received there's as yet, we eventually left to return on the Saturday. When we got there in the pouring white rain on Saturday, we were treated like if we wanted to steal someone's costume. Being told to wait under the tent in the rain, as upstairs was "full" and they didnt want anyone to wait inside despite both waiting areas being empty. We were just there to pick up two headpieces and the abrasive nature we were confronted with was not necessary or warranted. When we recieved these headpieces, we weren't that pleased as there were obvious differences as compared to the prototype costume, but what can be done at that hour.
But the best part of this whole saga is the fact that Carnival Sunday our headieces are broken and falling apart and we haven't even worn them. Visible cracks and loose fittings as you would see in the pictures attached.
All in all our section was the most expensive backline and this costume reflects very poor workmanship.
Nothing can be done at this hour to alleviate our problems with the headpieces, it is in our best interest and I also believe your's as well to be aware of these problems.
Dear Saucy,Here we are on Carnival Sunday 2k11, and my friend and I are yet to receive our headpiece and backpack for the individual section of Iroquois.
This carnival has been one terrible experience after another. When we got to Cascadia on Tuesday I had no bra in my box, and my friend's bra didn't fit. This was because the fitting before that we had been promised never happened.
Every day since then we have been assured that the backpack and headpiece would be delivered to our workplace ; on Friday no delivery, that changed to Saturday, my friend had so much to do, but she stayed home and waited all day for nothing, nothing was delivered.
We have tried in vain since 1pm yesterday to contact one of the Cocktail Girls and we have been trying ever since, we spent a sleepless night worrying. This morning we still have had absolutely no contact................ Saucy do you know where our backpacks are?
We are at our wits end, and we will make the papers for a different reason this year, because we might end up in the station when we finally find this person. The scant courtesy and absolute disrespect is unacceptable.We paid over $1000US for nothing.Nicha