The WOB DWIYET is the national dress of the Commonwealth of Dominica. It's design was conceived by freed slave women in the French Caribbean Territories (Dominica was one among) at a time when former slaves were prohibited from wearing the same attire as the 'Grand Blanc' (White French Plantation Owners). The women of African decent designed this most beautiful garment, combining their heritage with french culture and the current styles of the day to give us this high fashioned ensemble.
Today, Dominican women wear the piece during the country's independence season, for state functions and in instances when representing Dominica overseas. The dress is a formidable piece that Dominican women and women with Dominican heritage wear with pride all around the world.
THE DRESS IS A 3-PIECE ENSEMBLE
THE GWAN WOB This is the outer garment. The traditional piece is made with either floral, striped, checkered, jacquard, satin embossed and more recently madras patterned fabric. The front is plain except for a few small pleats at the shoulder and an opening at the front to which fasteners are attached for closure. The back of the dress is very detailed with pleated patterns on the skirting and bodice. The attire is partially lined.
THE FOULA This is a triangular shawl made with satin or chiffon. Specific colors are used according to the dominant color of the gwan wob.
GWAN JIPON (PETTICOAT) The gwan jipon is cotton with a drawstring waist and consists of multiple layers of lace. The many layers of lace help to enhance the piece. In the old days, the petticoat sometimes cost more than the Gwan Wob. Often, to reduce the cost the ladies would add a layer every year (instead of spending so much all at once)!
At Vee's Couture, we construct both traditional and modern Wob Dwiyet designs. Our wobs are available both as ready-made and custom made order. Each of our pieces are designed that despite colour and size, no two Wob Dwiyets are the same.
For certain, this is one of our most enjoyable pieces to create!
**** For custom made wobs dwiyets, once you have selected your fabric, contact us for pricing. If there is anything you would like but do not see, please ask.