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Handsworth 2000 Carnival Queen Costume - Boot

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Professor Black

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2001F173.6
Collection:Social History - Millenibrum Project 2000
Date:2000 - 2000

Maker Information

Designer:Professor Black - View biography for Professor Black
Maker:Oakland Carnival Troupe - View history


These boots are part of an entire carnival costume - skirt, top, shoulder 'pads' and headdress - made in Birmingham by a Carribean designer called Professor Black. Hundreds of years ago Catholics in Europe celebrated the start of Lent with a wild costume festival. The festival tradition was then taken to the European colonies where the slave trade was established. In the Carribean, ancient African traditions of parading and moving in circles through villages in costumes and masks were combined with vibrant African music and dance. The result today is a rich expression of artistic achievements and lots of fun. Carnival in Handsworth started in 1984.

Purchased from the Oakland Carnival Troupe.

Further Information

Production Period:21st century
Place of Origin:Birmingham, West Midlands

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Height:45.4 cm
Width:41 cm
Depth:27 cm