A friend asked me to design her a scarf that would reflect her Caribbean roots and be big enough to act as a wrap or shawl to keep her hair beautiful, whatever the weather. I worked with her, choosing the colours of the Jamaican flag, black, green and gold.
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The flag of Jamaica is based on a Saltire design, which reflects the Scottish and Irish heritage of many on the island, and the Pan-African colours of black, gold and green are symbolic:
Black: represents the strength and creativity of the Jamaican people
Gold: represents the natural wealth of Jamaica and its beautiful sunshine.
Green: represents hope and the lush vegetation of the island.
Jamaican Parish Map scarf
The design I came up with features three stripes, green, gold and black, with Jamaica in black appliqued onto the central gold stripe, and the parish where my friend’s family comes from highlighted in red, to represent her strong connection with ties of blood to Jamaica.
The touch of red also reflects the red of the Ethiopian flag, representing strength, and linking this scarf to the Pan-African colours of red, gold and green, used in so many flags of African nations. The red of the Pan-African colours represents “the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry” from the constitution of the UNIA founded by Marcus Garvey, advancing ideas to promote social, political, and economic freedom for black people.
The style of this piece is really a wrap or shawl that can be used in many ways – as a scarf, as a hood, as a wrap around the shoulders, and to cover the hair. The width is approx. 45cm (17.5 inches), and the length is approx 150cm (59 inches).
Customise your scarf with a choice of colours
You can customise your scarf by choosing the colour you want on the reverse side to the stripes.
You can choose from red, gold, green, black or mini leopard.
Caribbean blue sky backing
The wrap is made from soft, snuggly double layer anti-pill polar fleece, and features black fleece on the reverse side to the stripes.
Detail of the map of Jamaica – Saint Elizabeth parish
For that touch of Caribbean sunshine, you can have the back of the scarf made from turquoise fleece with fluffy white clouds appliqued on, to bring a little Caribbean sunshine to a cold and grey day.
The map of Jamaica is at one end of the scarf so that it sits over the heart when the wrap is worn.
I love to work with people to design something special that reflects their identity. If you would like me to design something special for you, you can request a custom order, or ask me a question at my Etsy Shop, RainbowShed, or you can fill in the contact form on this blog to start a conversation about what you would like.