08 Dec 2016

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library, the Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, and the SuriMaarteners (Suriname Group on St. Maarten) organized a Head Tying Workshops on Saturday, November 19th at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm in the Medialab. Participation is free of charge.. The goal of the workshop was to be a cultural exchange between the countries of St. Maarten, Curacao, and Suriname, and to highlight the similarities of this form of craftsmanship (head tying) in the countries.

During the workshop Mrs. Cenaida van Dinter from Curacao, Ms. Jaritha Hoogdorp from Suriname, and Ms. Esther Narcisco and members of Our Creations, St. Maarten Arts & Crafts Foundation shared stories and the meaning of some of the scarfs and models, and the reasons why they were designed. Participants learnt how to tie their own scarf into beautiful models and got a live demonstration of the traditional ways to starch (stiffen) the scarf.

Persons interested in participating in the workshop were asked to bring their own scarfs with them and straight sewing pins so that they can take home with them their own head tie, which they could use for different occasions.