A plaid headdress formed into a traditional Guadeloupian style. The red, blue, yellow, and white woven Madras style plaid cotton is formed and heat-set into a fixed structure with a portion rolled and gathered to fit over the crown of the head like a cap, and a decorative accordion-pleated fan reaching from ear to ear over the top of the head. The cap has a layer of medium-weight paper between the facing and lining Madras fabric to provide extra support. The raw edges of the fabric are hot-glued on the interior of the cap. A knot at the center back cap portion is also hot-glued, as is the back edge of the knot at the base of the fan. A manufacturer's tag reading "DODY" in white on a plaid ground is attached with a plastic tag to the proper left side of the fan near the cap.
This tête cassee from Saint Lucia made by Marie Therese Joseph is formed from a Madras style plaid in green, red, and yellow. The fabric is gathered into an oval with the edges rolled in a wide flat band and the crown portion having several asymmetric pleats fixed into the fabric with an adhesive or other binding treatment. The front crown is slightly taller than the back. A piece of the fabric is knotted with the end twisted and extending up from the center back band, though not reaching above the crown. The interior of the headdress has heavy brown paper also treated with adhesive to aid in shaping and fixing the gathered fabric. The bottom edges of the fabric are rolled around the interior and adhered onto the paper lining. There are no labels.
This tête revolver from Saint Lucia made by Audrey Augustin is formed from a Madras style plaid in red, blue, and yellow. The cotton plaid is wrapped with a smooth crown and a wide band around the sides, then twisted at the back and pinned at the center back crown, with a portion of the twist left looser and falling over the proper left back below the body of the headdress. The twist is attached with pins as well as an adhesive or binding agent that is used to form and stiffen the entire headdress. The ends of the fabric are serged with white thread. The interior of the headdress is formed from the same length of plaid cloth, with a layer of stiff paper between the interior and exterior. There are no labels.
A pair of tété négresse style gold-colored earrings with fish hook clasps. Each earring is formed with four (4) consecutive circular layers that form a convex shape with the innermost layer being the pinnacle. This center layer is made from a single gold-colored metal bead that has a raised center nipple surrounded by a rounded cone with engraved stripes. The center bead is soldered to a second layer of five (5) gold-colored metal flower beads that have hollow centers with a single stamen protruding from the center. The layer is in turn soldered to the third layer, comprised of nine (9) of these same flower beads. The third layer is soldered to the fourth and outermost layer made from a ring of gold-colored metal resembling a ball chain, but with the back of this piece being flat. There is one rounded ball section protruding from the outermost layer with the looped portion of the clasp extending from it and attaching to a hook at the bottom center back.
This child-sized tête en l'air from Saint Lucia made by Audrey Augustin is formed from a Madras plaid in red, orange, and white. The cotton plaid is formed with two wide, stacked bands around the head and a relatively smooth crown pulled to the center back where the fabric is twisted and knotted. A long piece of fabric extends straight upward from the twisted knot several inches above the crown. The fabric is stiffened with an adhesive or other binding agent as well as a layer of paper that is placed between the exterior and interior portions of the fabric that forms the crown. The knot at the center back is further secured with several metal straight pins. There are no labels.