Dominica to host History Week with National Wear for women- Wob Dwiyet

Dominica’s main National Wear for women is called the Wob Dwiyet or the Wob Kweyol for the History Week 2023

Dominica to host History Week with National Wear for women- Wob Dwiyet
Dominica to host History Week with National Wear for women- Wob Dwiyet

Roseau, Dominica: Dominica’s main National Wear for women is called the Wob Dwiyet or the Wob Kweyol for the History Week 2023.  It is a beautiful picture of sophistication, elegance and charm and it is a very important part of Dominica’s cultural heritage.

It is a product of African and European influence.

Following emancipation, the freed African slaves began experimenting with various styles and dress and out of this experimentation the Wob Dwiyet emerged reflecting the African love for bright colours and headties.

The Wob Dwiyet can be worn on formal occasions and it is made up of a long-sleeved dress which is worn over a long white petticoat. The lower part of the petticoat is usually edged with lace which is sometimes threaded with baby ribbon.

The Wob Dwiyet also includes a scarf or foulard worn around the neck and shoulders, and a headpiece made out of madras. The national wear is completed with lots of jewelry.

The main body of the national wear is the long-sleeved dress which can be made out of madras or a brightly flowered or designed material. Some dresses can be made out of a plain white fabric or in some cases a shiny attractive fabric.

The petticoat under the dress carries rows of lace at the bottom and this petticoat can be pleated sometimes with tiny accordion pleats.

The foulard or scarf around the shoulders is a plain triangle. It is usually made out of a satin material and its colour should match the dress being worn. In recent years we have seen the emergence of the round foulard, however the traditional foulard for the Wob Dwiyet is the Triangular Foulard

The headtie which is usually worn with the Wob Dwiyet is the tet allait. It is the headtie with one peak and it is made out of madras.

The Wob Dwiyet has to be worn with lots of jewelry including chains, bracelets and earrings. On her feet the dwiyet wearer should have on black shoes with a short thick heel.

This National Wear usually makes a striking impression on all who see it. It is indeed a splendid creation of colour and beauty.

The National Cultural Council and the Division of Culture in 1982 started the National Miss Wob Dwiyet Pageant to help promote and preserve the Wob Dwiyet.