A Feature of Dominica’s National Dress: Madame Wob Dwiyet (Canada)
As a proud islander from The Commonwealth of Dominica, The “Nature Isle” of the Caribbean, I am absolutely thrilled to share this feature with you! Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada (MWDC) hosts an annual cultural pageant in September.
The contestants are judged on their creative wear, public speaking, poise, and ability to showcase the Wob Dwiyet: Dominica’s national dress. The competing contestants are of Dominican descent; ages 18 and up.
The annual Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada and Ti Madame Cultural Pageant feature candidates; eight (8) Madames and eight (8) Ti Madames (little girls). This popular annual event attracts an audience of close to six hundred (600) attendees, and is regarded by many as a premiere Dominican cultural event in North America.
The 2014 Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada and Ti Madame Cultural Pageant will take place on September 28th at the Saints Peter and Paul Banquet Hall at 231 Milner Ave, Scarborough (Markham Rd & 401). This year’s theme is “Mas Domnik.” The best of Dominica’s cultural heritage will be showcased to the Canadian multicultural audience, to compliment Dominica’s 36th Independence Celebration.
Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada, Inc. (MWDC) was established to raise the Commonwealth of Dominica’s cultural profile, and to integrate Dominica’s unique and fabulous culture, to the multicultural landscape of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). MWDC is a group of dedicated and professional Dominican women who have volunteered their talent, expertise, commitment to country and culture to promote the Nature Isle.
In 1976, Lorraine Delsol established the House of Lorraine, a Designer boutique in the fashionable Yorkville area of Davenport and Avenue Road. She was the first West Indian designer to launch a major fashion shows in Toronto. She produced, directed, and choreographed the event. As a result, she was featured regularly in the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, Share, and the now defunct Contrast. For the past ten years, she has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and helps whenever needed to serve meals to the less fortunate at St Vincent’s Kitchen.
MWDC continues its mission of cultural promotion, at the official launch of the 2014 Scotia Caribbean Carnival. This Festival is Toronto’s largest Caribbean culture themed event and attracts over a million tourists annually, during the last week in July and first weekend in August. The group debuted their Madame Wob Dwiyet booth at the Durham Caribbean Festival, and participated in the Durham Diversity World Parade of Fashions at the Pickering Mall, as well as the YMCA Scarborough mini-Caribbean Carnival Festival.
The appreciative audiences were charmed by the cute Ti Madames (little girls) who confidently carried their wobs, and by the sassy sashaying of the Madames. Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada has also received coverage in local and mainstream Canadian media, including the Caribbean Camera, and Share newspapers, Rogers TV, Global TV, and Healthy Knowledge Magazine amongst other media.
Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada (MWDC) has given back to Dominica through its sponsorship of the Dominica Miss Wob Dwiyet competition. In 2012, MWDC sponsored the full wob dwiyet worn by contestant Cortella Defoe who went on to capture the title. MWDC also gave gifts to the Ti matadors of that year. In 2013 MWDC donated all of the petticoats worn by the Miss Wob Dwiyet contestants. In 2014, MWDC outfitted the Sakis Band (La peau kwabit band) for the Grand Bay reunion celebration. MWDC intends to continue to donate to Dominica’s culture as opportunities arise.
Partners include with D.A.C.E Inc (Dominica Arts and Culture Expose’). Interested sponsors can contact MWDC Inc., President Lorraine Delsol at email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or phone them at 416. 968.6354.