The Caribbean

There are thousands of islands that are part of the island countries of the broadly defined Caribbean region: Anguilla has 21; Antigua-and-Barbuda has 37; Aruba (4); Barbados (2, formerly 3 but Pelican Island is now absorbed into Barbados through land reclamation, 1956–1961); Belize (many); British Virgin Islands (43); Cayman Islands (12); Cuba (23); Dominica (7); Dominican Republic (2); Grenada (39); Guadeloupe (38); Haiti (12); Honduras (6); Jamaica (26); Martinique (50); Montserrat (3); Netherlands Antilles (25, this includes half of Saint Martin); Puerto Rico (142); Saint Barthélemy (13); Saint Kitts-and-Nevis (20); Saint Lucia (17); Saint Martin (8); Saint Vincent-and-the-Grenadines (39); Trinidad-and-Tobago (21); and United States Virgin Islands (81).

The Caribbean is best known (to me anyway) for it’s fashion. The dresses they wear are simply beautiful, eye-catching and they express a sense of dancing, freedom, happiness and passion all through a simple glance. For a traditional dress code that expresses so much energy there are more toned down dresses also, those that are worn everyday tend to follow this lead a little more. Head dresses are also popular, whether they are for festival purposes (in this case they are bright and very eye-catching) or simple headscarfs.

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The architecture style is quite simple, I like how some parts of their buildings are colourful whereas other parts are made of more toned down materials, they are rather angular, not many rounded shapes to be seen.

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Overall I think the style of art within the Caribbean resembles the style of clothing in the sense that it’s very bright and eye-catching with more of a homely feel to it.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Caribbean_islands
http://www.avirtualdominica.com/shape/
http://www.vagabondquest.com/series/travel-photo-roulette/travel-photo-roulette-round-20-clothes/
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caribana_2010

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