Indian Woman of Talamanca

Location: Talamanca


There is no description given for the color reproduction of the author's original drawing of this woman from The Golden Caribbean, but she is a quite dynamic character and her dress appears to be very traditional. She is titled as an Indian Woman, and her dress appears to be of the traditional hand-woven sort, with its square cuts and baggy fit. She is also barefoot, which we would usually expect to indicate domesticity, but this woman is clearly out in the marketplace selling her wares. She is the embodiment of a difficult life, relegated to farm and sell her crops at market, and yet we see her lovely traditional dress even in these circumstances. Though her garments are hand-woven, they are not of the exceptional quality that we have seen in other settings, probably because of her obvious poverty and her trading in market, which would necessitate her not continuing to live in an entirely traditional setting. Despite her commute to the urban regions to sell her goods to the European settlers, she still maintains a moderately traditional lifestyle, if her clothes are any indication.

Book Title: The Golden Caribbean

Plate Number: Page 44

Call Number: F2171 .B64