Bele carnival costume

Description

Bele carnival costume. Commissioned by the British Library and designed by Brixton-based Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts.

Ray’s beautiful and intricate costume, which took two weeks to create, takes its name from the tradition on which its design is loosely based – Bele or Bel Air – which is a song and drum dance linked to Caribbean history. This photo was taken by Toby Keane at the opening of the British Library's West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition (2015-16).

Full title:
Bele carnival costume. Designed by Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts. Photo: Toby Keane
Published:
2015
Created:
2015
Format:
Digital photograph
Creator:
Ray Mahabir, Toby Keane
Copyright:
© Ray Mahabir
Held by:
Ray Mahabir

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