Pitch and patch costumes

The National Museum is hosting a special Museum Kid’s Club programme, Jonakanoo Pitchy Patchy Costume Workshop, which will take place on 24 and 25 April, from 3.30 to 5pm.

The Pitchy Patchy is a costume made of bits of cloth for Jonkanoo Parades. Jonkanoo parades are a Christmas tradition that is thought to have been brought to the Caribbean by slaves, and entailed creating rustic masks and costumes from whatever materials one could lay one’s hands on.

Things have evolved somewhat since then, but children ages 5-10 are invited to bring an old T-shirt, bright coloured old clothes and cloth that can be cut up. Over a period of two days, children will learn how to recycle by using old cloths to create colourful new costumes.

The cost per child is $15 for both days and $10 for members. Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to sing up early by contacting [email protected]

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