The Evolution of Junkanoo Costumes

The Evolution of Junkanoo costumes has transformed from the early Junkanoo days until now, which has become more attractive like never before. In the 1930’s, the slaves made their costumes out of everyday materials which were, shrubs, leaves, bottles, and paper. Which was during the time, the Sponging industry was booming, so it became a major part of the Junkanoo Costumes. Then in 1942, the Burma Road Riot had obstructed the Junkanoo parades that happened on the streets, as if they were never there, but was able to get back on the streets and performed in 1947. In addition to that, in the 1950’s costume materials were change. As it continued changing , going into the 1960’s, where the costumes were made out of cardboard and fringed crepe paper that had become very popular. Furthermore, the costumes also included pants, skirts, and hats that were often decorated with strips of crepe paper that had been cut into fringe. In the year 2000, it took a turn where they painted their costumes instead of using crepe paper. Now today costumes are changing, sometimes subtlety or radically.  As a result of that, the costumes look three dimensional with diverse synthetic material being used with materials like feathers, and also the sculptures are designed based on different animations. Yet, to wrap it all up, the Evolution of Junkanoo costumes has been influenced as it is has made Junkanoo more attractive, the materials are always available when Junkanoo season comes around, it is now a form of art, costumes are now being competed with others and it’s originally a part of the Bahamian culture.