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Madras Hats and Dolls By Phyllis Wilson

Her name is La Belle Hélène

By Phyllis Wilson

La Belle Hélène ( The Beauutiful Helen) is made from dried plantain leaves and a touch of madras to highlight our nationality and culture. My dolls represent my creativity and my lovely island home St. Lucia.

La Belle Hélène lives in the lovely community of Mon Repos. A very hard working St. Lucian woman, she decided that after a long week of working hard, she would dress up in her Wob Dwiyet (National Dress or National Costume) and go dancing to the beautiful music of Avot Service and the Mon Repos Eastern Folk Band.

From 9:00 pm on Saturday to 2:00 am on Sunday she would dance and return home satisfied that she had danced to the Lakonmet Pitjé, Polka (Regular), Folk Waltz, Kwibich, Italian Polka, Widova, Schottische and of course it would not be a complete night without dancing the Moulala.

Madras Doll 6Madras Doll 4Madras Doll 1 by Phyllis WilsonMadras Doll 2

Phyllis Makes Head Pieces Too

The number of peaks on a hat tells your personal business.The head piece may be tied with up to four
peaks. Traditionally, the number of peaks signify your marital status.  madras hat 2

  • One peak – I’m single
  • Two peaks – I’m married
  • Three peaks- I’m widowed or divorced
  • Four peaks – I accept everyone who tries

To order your hats and dolls just in time for Jounen Kweyol dial (758) 488-0049, (758) 455-3515 or email





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