Curaçao and Suriname enrich each other’s headscarf-binding traditions


Audry Wajwakana reports for De Ware Tijd that NAKS Akoeba, the women’s wing of NAKS [Na Afrikan Kulturu fu Sranan, meaning: The African Culture of Suriname] will be organizing a series of workshops to safeguard and promote the angisa, the Afro-Surinamese headscarf. In connection with the 150th anniversary of the Abolition of slavery this year, NAKS has invited the Curaçaoan headscarf expert Cenaida van Dinter to give four workshops on traditional Curaçaoan headscarves [lensu] as well as modern headscarves that are bound [or tied or wrapped] differently. Van Dinter is expected to arrive in Suriname on June 23. The next day she will offer her first workshop, a train-the-trainer course, to members of NAKS Akoeba. The second day is for NAKS members who are not affiliated with Akoeba, while the third and fourth days are for meant for seven schools selected by NAKS.

Mariska Hew A Kee, NAKS’s treasurer who coordinates the workshops, and Georgine Pique, chair of NAKS Akoeba, explain that the introduction of new headscarf designs will enrich Surinamese culture and will appeal to the youth in particular. “The traditional is never lost, because it is our heritage. But fashion is an ongoing process that generates new developments,” says Hew A Kee. According to her. the youth are very interested in all aspects of culture, including attire. Wearing an angisa is inextricably linked to cultural events and national feasts.


Cenaida Van Dinter is famous for her headscarves in Curaçao. For the modern designs she uses the well-known African style that produces headscarves which are much larger than the traditional Surinamese angisa. In April 2014, trainers from NAKS Akoeba will in turn give workshops on the angisa in Curaçao. 

For the complete article (in Dutch), go to 

This 2-minute video (in Dutch) shows four types of angisa: one with two wings in the back like a bird, another with one fan sticking out that sends a secret message, a very elegant headscarf for well-to-do women or women engaged to be married, and a white angisa used when mourning someone’s death.

Cenaida Van Dinter was recently in San Francisco (USA) to show the Curaçaoan art of headscarf binding. See our previous post

You can also check her out in this 2-minute video (with Dutch and Papiamentu narration):

To read more (in English) about the Curaçaoan headscarf-binding tradition, go to or

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