The Wòb Dwiyèt Capital of The WORLD
The WOB DWIYET (or the Dwiyèt) 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 them) 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 descent designed the Wòb Dwiyèt, combining their heritage with French culture and the fashion of the day to give us this high-fashioned ensemble.
Today, Dominican women wear the Dwiyèt during the country's independence season, for state functions and to represent Dominica overseas. The dress is a formidable piece that Dominican women and women with Dominican heritage wear with pride all around the world.
THE Wòb Dwiyèt - 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 original 'Foula' was a triangular shawl made with satin or chiffon. Specific colors are used according to the dominant color of the Gwan Wòb.
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 Wòb Dwiyèt designs. Our pieces are available both as ready-to-wear and bespoke designs. Each Dwiyèt is uniquely designed that despite colour and size, there are no duplicates. For certain, this is one of our most enjoyable pieces to create!