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Her male partner wears a white linen button down, also wearing the colors of the "bandera" (flag). He wears slacks which represents professionalism. A male typically wears a straw hat. Kind of DRESS "Google ImagesThe Flag of Dominican Republic / La Bandera De La República Dominicana." Google Images. N.p., May 2012. Web. 21 Feb. 2013. The Dominican Republic is a small country located in the Caribbean in Central America. It is also located next to Haiti, which was once considered as one country. The Dominican Republic became an independent nation by 1844. Very little are aware that the Dominican Republic is a country and is also considered an island. A vast majority of its residents speak Spanish. People from all over the Caribbean migrated and have made it their home, and have distributed their languages and cultural traditions. Most of this country’s populations are catholic believers. Dominicans are very prideful of their country as represented from the flag. The colors and shapes used in the national flag symbolize patriotism and national pride. The flag has a large white cross, a symbol of salvation, which divides it into four quarters. The blue sections represent liberty, while the red sections symbolize the blood of the heroes who died to preserve it. In the center of the cross is the Dominican coat of arms. The Dominican Republic is not known for its good economic history, but it's what makes it people humble and giving.
The Dominican Republic is known for their very warm weather year round. Being an island the country is based on the agriculture lifestyle. Fishing and growing foods such as fruits and plantains is very profound by many families. Many grow their own foods in their “patios” (backyards). A traditional dish is the white rice and red beans usually served with fried plantain and a delightful healthy fruit drink. Another favorite dish is "sancocho"; a meat, plantain, and vegetable stew. On the coast, fish and conch are enjoyed, and coconut is used to sweeten many seafood.
In this Latino culture there is lots of creativity such as music and art is a large portion of the Dominican Republican culture and lifestyle. Their music ranges from forms such as merengue and bachata. Many of their dress and forms of dressing has lots to do with their art and music. In dancing women wear large puffy dresses that also sway with their every movement. The men wear slacks, a button down and a guano hat (straw hat). A lot of the wardrobe is tailored (cut and sewn) and have a T- shaped formation. “Carnaval” is an important time period in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of this festival is for its independence in February. Carnaval is a parade that is full of colorful masks costumes and energy. People come out from all over the country to participate in such a delightful event. La historia de la Republica Domincana (The History of the Dominican Rep) "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Males generally wear a coat/ T-shaped button down. It covers the upper portion of the body and has an opening all the way down the front A body supplement men use is a guano hat Women Costumes. Bifurcated: Men wore pants that covered both legs and this made it easy for them to move and dance. "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Women wore and remain to wear dresses in the form of a T-shape. It is long and comfortable to dance in. It covers a vast majority of the body. The reason for the formation of this dress is so it could captivate its audience for the movement and energy and not distract them sexually. Adornments were an important aspect for their costumes. Women wear their hair tied back, and as a compliment for the costume they wear their national flower, Bayahibe Rose as a hair piece. They also wear make-up that matched with the colors of the dress. Women typically wear jewelry. The stones on their necks are the national stones of the country. Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. CARNAVAL Festival This video demonstrates a few of the colorful and energizing experience of the Carnaval. People from all ages and city's come to participate on this very day for the independence of their country. "Roba La Gallina, Dominican Republic Carnival 2012." YouTube. YouTube, 07 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. On this day body paint, tattooing, dyes and stains, body modification and supplements are all applied. All body arts... Today "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. The people of the Dominican Republic continue to wear the same wardrobe they once wore. This costume has been passed down from generation to generation and is certainly existing in mine.
As a tradition young girls still wear big puffy dresses in their "quinceneras" ( sweet fifteen party). And men continue to wear the traditional wear to weddings, church and to dance. As the years go on certain clothing begins to fade but the Dominican Republic remains prideful to wear their colors; red white and blue. "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. ARLO, ELIZABETH E. "Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Dominican Republic. N.p., 14 Feb. 2006. Web. 22 Feb. 2013. This kind of wardrobe is used in many events, whether its for a dance or wedding. Music and art is a major influence on the wardrobe that is presented. People of the Dominican Republic wanted to find clothing that fit well to the body and provided comfort. The dress in which the women danced in moved according to movement. Their hear was tied back so it wouldn't get in the way if they were dancing. Men wore comfortable clothing that made it easy for them to also move.