Jamaican & Rastafarian Clothing

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Jamaican & Rastafarian Clothing
Calico is an important material for traditional Jamaican clothing. (Jamaica map image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com)

Clothing in Jamaica varies from traditional dress to the distinctive clothes worn by Rastafarians. Western dress is also prevalent.

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Traditional Dress

Traditional dress for women of Jamaica includes a skirt, top and calico headscarf. These dresses are typically very brightly coloured, reflecting the spirit of the people. Men wear a traditional shirt with multiple pockets that is straight-bottomed and not tucked in.

Western Dress

Many Jamaicans wear western clothing. Globalisation has made items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, jeans and hats readily available throughout the country. The island's warm weather calls for light clothing. Sandals and shorts are common in the summer.

Rastafarian Dress

Rastafarian clothing uses the bright colours inspired by the Ethiopian flag. These colours are red, green and gold. The distinctive hat worn over a Rastafarian's dreadlocks is known as a tam. Rastafarian clothing is made from natural fibres.

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