Dougla

Dougla is a colloquial term used in Trinidad and Tobago to define a person belonging to an ethnicity that is mixed races, typically African and East Indian. For this project I looked at the purpose of patterns as it relates to culture, particularly ancient culture. I noted that many cultures had elements that make them significant e.g languages, customs and patterns. Dougla is used as a cultural expression through pattern utilizing simple colour schemes representative of the diversity of the Caribbean Diaspora. I was intrigued by how many of the patterns survived the centuries and the manufacturing processes were also passed through the generations. Dougla seeks to create a pattern for the diversity of the Caribbean, utilising one triangle in varying arrangements. I see this project as a unifying agent of our varied cultures and an attempt to make a pattern that can be our mark in history with the great cultures of the world. "There can be no Mother India, for those whose ancestors came from India, there can be no Mother Africa, for those of African origin, and there can be no Mother Syria or no Mother Lebanon. A nation, like an individual, can have only one mother. The only mother we recognize is Mother T&T and mother cannot discriminate between her children." An excerpt of 31st August 1962 Inaugural Independence Message by the 1st Prime Minister and historian Dr. Eric Williams

Dougla is a colloquial term used in Trinidad and Tobago to define a person belonging to an ethnicity that is mixed races, typically African and East Indian. For this project I looked at the purpose of patterns as it relates to culture, particularly ancient culture. I noted that many cultures had elements that make them significant e.g languages, customs and patterns. 

Dougla is used as a cultural expression through pattern utilizing simple colour schemes representative of the diversity of the Caribbean Diaspora. I was intrigued by how many of the patterns survived the centuries and the manufacturing processes were also passed through the generations. Dougla seeks to create a pattern for the diversity of the Caribbean, utilising one triangle in varying arrangements. I see this project as a unifying agent of our varied cultures and an attempt to make a pattern that can be our mark in history with the great cultures of the world. 

"There can be no Mother India, for those whose ancestors came from India, there can be no Mother Africa, for those of African origin, and there can be no Mother Syria or no Mother Lebanon. A nation, like an individual, can have only one mother. The only mother we recognize is Mother T&T and mother cannot discriminate between her children." 

An excerpt of 31st August 1962 Inaugural Independence Message by the 1st Prime Minister and historian Dr. Eric Williams

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