There are only 3 days left until our fundrasier ends and we need your help! Dresses for Haiti is raising money to provide 200 uniforms for students at 5 schools in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti. Find out more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-education-and-economic-sustainability-in-haiti While we are … Continue reading
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What we will be doing
In the summer of 2013 Dresses for Haiti and The ACT Collective (Arts, Community, and Transformation) in collaboration with SewGreen will be supporting education through art and fashion for 200 students in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti.
In collaboration with our local partners in Haiti, Groupe Solidarite aux victemes Haiti 2010 (GSH), the Mayor of Anse-a-Pitre, Ylly Momplaisir, along with 5 district schools, and local tailors we hope to be able to provide uniforms and backpacks for young children in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti. Mariangela Mihai Jordan (ACT Collective co-founder) will also provide photography workshops at each of the 5 district schools we visit.
Why is this important?
Anse-a-Pitre, a small rural fishing village located at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant community. Local community members make a living working hard to provide for themselves and their families.
Despite hard work, education is still a major cost in Haiti. Statistics show that from ages 6-14, approximately 60% of students will not start school because of high costs. Due to a large amount of private schools and very few public free schools, on average, school costs start at about $130 per year. This number is staggering when you consider that a family makes about $660 (US) dollars a year per capita. In rural areas such as Anse-a-Pitre, the poverty rates are even more stunning with poverty rates of 84%.
By providing uniforms and backpacks we are able to take significant costs away from the families and allow them to focus on their children’s education and prevent their children from dropping out.
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Fashion Week 2012: A Short Overview
During November 8th-11th, The Republic of Haiti will host its inaugural Fashion Week! This glamorous event will take place at the five-star Karibe Hotel in Port Au Prince. Opportunities for tourism and learning about Haitian Outreach are available all day until 6 PM, at which time the designers will show off their stunning new collections.
Fashion Week will be comprised primarily of Caribbean clothing lines and aspiring native-Haitians in the apparel industry, as well as a few globally-acclaimed style icons. Many of the designers are also strong advocates for charity and outreach in Haiti. Haiti Fashion Week is a great opportunity for international and local designers to exhibit their upcoming collections, help expand Haiti’s young, growing apparel industry, and promote awareness about the plight of their country’s 2010 earthquake victims.
Earlier this year, Donna Karan, founder of Urban Zen, partnered with local Haitians in the industry to collaborate on apparel designs, promote their lines, and broaden her outreach network. Among these was Michel Chataigne, an upcoming Haitian clothing designer. Chataigne truly expresses Haitian cultural themes in his line through breezy fabrics, intricate artisan detailing, and bold color palettes. Although Chataigne is well-known internationally through London Fashion Week, he has not heavily marketed his line to the USA. Fashion Week will be a great chance for Americans to see his unique creations.
Some of Chataigne’s amazing garments:
Since 1999, Maëlle Figaro David has been both a savvy entrepreneur and apparel designer in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Her company is prominent in both the Haitian fashion and business industries. Maëlle styles and produces an extremely wide range of clothing, including schoolgirl uniforms, dance costumes, carnival attire, and even wedding gowns from couture.
With her unique draping techniques, geometrically shaped ruffles, and subtly detailed patterns, Maëlle Figaro David truly makes each of her creations as if it was an individual, custom-made piece of art. The Maëlle collection is available to both local and international buyers on www.maellecreations.com.
Maëlle Figaro David:
Some of Maëlle’s beautiful designs:
Additionally, some US designers will participate in Haiti Fashion Week, including Dayanne Danier. Owner of the label “Bien Abye,” which translates to “Well Dressed” in French Creole, Danier creates sleek and modern clothing while mixing vibrant, Amazon-inspired themes in her collection. She describes her target audience as “… a woman who wants to put her best self forward. Her wardrobe is an investment, it’s constantly evolving, she likes to work and enjoy different activities…she’s chic, classic and attractive.” (New York CaribNews)
Some of Danier’s stunning outfits:
The complete lineup of designers at Haiti Fashion Week is available at http://www.haitifashionweek2012.com/#!designers/c1qvi/. Many of these the apparel lines debuting at Haiti Fashion week are characterized by contemporary high-fashion juxtaposed with Haitian artistic inspiration. If you would like to learn more about some of the designers or want ideas on fashion styling, please let us know!
Fashion Week will bring publicity to Haiti on several levels. Not only will the designers be able to promote their fashion lines internationally, but the Republic of Haiti will have a chance to boost the apparel sector in its national economy. Just a few years ago, Haitian clothing exports to the U.S. alone totaled around 500 million dollars, and experts predict that this statistic will grow steadily. The fashion industry can create many new jobs and improve infrastructure overall. Fashion Week could be the local aspiring designers’ and artists’ big chance to break out into the global apparel industry and expand their boutiques into large companies. (Huffington Post)
For more details on Haiti Fashion Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-393-9077 (USA).
Do you have any favorite Haitian designers who you would like us to feature in an upcoming article? Leave a comment below, or email email@example.com. I would love to hear your feedback!
Until next time,
When you travel to a new place, what do you first notice? Does the warm, clean, island air lift your spirits? Do you smell exotic, spicy dishes cooking at the restaurant a few blocks down? What have you heard about this place and what do you think you’ll see? How is it different from your hometown? What aspect of this place intrigues you most?
Personally, I notice the clothing differences whenever I go on foreign vacations. I am fascinated by their apparel designs and how they tie into their culture. Today, I have compiled some ideas for Fall Fashion inspired by Haiti’s unique heritage, landscapes, and art.
- Big, bright florals.
- Haiti’s beautiful flora and fauna remain in full bloom throughout the autumn months. Colorful trees and plants line the beaches of Haiti. The Hibiscus, the national flower, is especially prominent in the tropical Haitian landscape.
- Get the look: Whether or not you live in a perpetually warm region, you can always sport beautiful, summery flower-prints. For instance, I carry this floral-print Juicy Couture tote during all four seasons of the year. I really like how tropical themes and images were painted into an abstract design on the fabric. The textile almost resembles one of my favorite Haitian art pieces, shown above.
2.Artistic tribal prints and embellishments
- I am particularly fascinated by Haiti’s unique blend of African and Western culture in their food preferences, architecture, and artwork. Many of Haiti’s artists strive to represent their lifestyles and heritage through a wide variety of mediums. I included two of my favorite paintings below:
Toussaint Auguste’s “Birds in Nests,” Andre Normil – “Noah’s Ark”
- Get the look: I encourage you to incorporate the beautiful, one-of-a-kind Haitian artwork in your everyday clothing. Seek nature themed and native-printed sweaters, fringed ponchos, and breezy. Pacsun is a great mainstream destination for artisan-bohemian winter wear. I also recommend Modcloth.com, and these looks in particular for inspiration:
3. Daring, yet feminine cocktail dresses.
- Haitian women are true leaders in their modern society. Over the recent years, they have really taken a stand for themselves in their country and pushed for their rights. For instance, after the devastating earthquake struck in 2010, a group of mothers took it upon themselves to establish a new school for the children in their village. Despite the hardships they face, these moms continue to educate many of these same kids today.
- Get the look: Just as the women in Haiti have empowered themselves over the years, you can express your boldness through your personal style. For instance, you can easily dress up a simple, elegant black dress with a bold, sequined shrug. Look for traditional designs with one or two unique things about it – for example, ruffles in contrasting colors, animal prints with floral embellishments, or glitter and gold on a ballerina-style dress.
- American designers are becoming increasingly aware of the rough situation in Haiti. Many are inspired to reach out to the earthquake victims and promote charity in their fashion lines. For instance, Donna Karan has introduced a Haitian-inspired collection with neutral-colored, tribal-printed textile designs that symbolize Haitian artwork.
- Get the look: Seek out loose, comfortable sweaters and shirts with asymmetrical necklines. For a more business-friendly look, spice up only one piece of your outfit. Don a printed pencil skirt or mix a funky blouse with sleek black slacks and a blazer.
5. Fashion for charity
- Finally, you know we couldn’t talk about fashion without mentioning fashion that helps Haiti! Last week we told you about an amazing charity called Haitian Creations. Not only do they have amazing bags and jewelry you can purchase but they also promote sustainability with the community and Haitian women.
- Get the look: Go to http://www.haitiancreations.com/ and support this amazing charity!
If you have any questions or need advice on fashion styling, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
Every year, Dresses for Haiti donates unique, handcrafted shirred dresses to victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This tutorial is for those who would like to help our mission and make dresses for young girls in Haiti. While you make yourself or a loved one a gorgeous new dress, consider making one or a few for young girls in Haiti. This fun, versatile tube-dress is extremely easy to make and can be styled in many different ways. Make a bold statement with bright polka dots, go girly with pink floral print, or stay classy-chic with some breezy white cotton. We’d love for you to join our effort and follow us in this simple tutorial as you create a stunning, one-of-a-kind sundress for a Haitian girl!
You can also check out the tutorial on PDF HERE
Step 1: Materials
1) Fabric: Lightweight, non-stretch cotton
- Do not use stretch fabric!
- I don’t recommend silk, satin, brocade, or anything slippery unless you feel comfortable working with these fabrics.
- Use any print you would like.
- Keep in mind that matching seams can be difficult with certain prints (plaid, stripes, etc.) so take this into consideration when picking your fabric.
2) Sewing Machine
- All sewing machines are not created equal. Our settings simply serve as guidelines; please experiment with your own machine
3) Serger (optional)
If you do not have a serger, no problem! You will replace marrowed seams and edges with French seams (Figure A) and double folded hems (Figure B)
4) Thread to match your fabric
5) Elastic Thread (Figure C)
6) Fabric Scissors
7) Seam gauge /ruler
8) Colored pencil/fabric marker
Step 2: Sizing
The following chart gives a rough guide for sizing and fabric needed. It’s okay if your measurements aren’t exact; we don’t know who we will be giving the dresses to yet so we will be able to utilize any sizes.
Ages 3 months to 36 months
|Recommended fabric length||13-14||14-15||15-16||16-17||17-18||18-19|
|Recommended fabric width||36||37||39||40||42||44|
Ages 2-6 years old
|Recommended fabric length||19-20||20-21||21-22||23-24|
|Recommended fabric width||44||45||48||50|
Ages 7-14 Years old
|U.S. Standard Girl Sizes (7-14 years)|
|Height (Inches)||51 – 52||53 – 54||55 – 57||58 – 59||60 – 62||63 – 64|
|Recommended Fabric Length||27-28||28-29||29-30||30-31||31-32||32-33|
|Recommended Fabric Width||53||55||58||61||64||67|
If you want to make the dress for yourself, follow these guidelines:
Width: Measure your chest, just under your arms and multiply that number by 2.
Example: 30 inch bust…30 x 2 = 60 inch width
Length: Measure from the underarms down to the desired length, and then add 2 inches.
Example: Desired Length = 28 inches…28 + 2 = 30 inch length
Step 3: Lets Start Sewing!
1) Overcast or zigzag stitch around all four edges of the fabric. (Or use a serger.)
- On the sewing machine: set both your stitch length and zigzag width at about 4.
- Adjust this according to your machine and/or your preferred stitch widths and lengths
- If your machine cannot zigzag stitch and you do not have a serger, do a double folded hem on the raw edges. Now you can either do this hem on the the top and bottom only or you can do it on all four edges. Either way is fine just remember which one for step 5 (See figure B: How to do a double edge hem).
Step 4: Elastic Shirring
Now we are moving on the elastic shirring!
A) Begin to loosely hand-wind the bobbin with elastic thread. Depending on the machine you have, you may be able to machine wind the elastic thread, but some machines may not be able to feed stretched-out elastic thread through the plates. Experiment with your bobbins and the thread.
B) Load the bobbin normally. Make sure you do not stretch the elastic thread while winding/loading,
***IMPORTANT***For Brother Sewing Machines only: Brother sewing machines are notorious for NOT shirring with elastic thread. Keep in mind that not all machines have the same capabilities, and Brother is the one machine that really requires a deal of experimenting and tampering. (I use the longest stitch length along with a tension of 6.) After much searching, I found a great video on a neat trick for shirring that doesn’t require tampering with the machine. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcELEGN9Rrk
C) With the right side of your fabric facing up, begin measuring 5/8 inch down from the top end of the fabric. Take your pencil/washable marker and mark a line 5/8 inch down—parallel to the top edge of the fabric.
- Start from where your first line is drawn, and keep spacing lines 5/8 inches apart from each other all the way down. You can also use smaller or larger spacing or even a combination of spacing (ie 1.4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/2 etc) for style.
- I recommend drawing in at least 8 5/8-inch-wide lines, but you can use more/fewer depending on your size.
*If you feel comfortable sewing without the marker lines, feel free to skip that step. Proceed to the step D, with a 5/8 seam, using a 5/8 seam allowance.
D) Put the both the stitch length and machine tension on the settings that work best for your machine (usually medium tension and the longest stitch length.)
Important: Experiment on a scrap piece of fabric before beginning stitching on the dress!
E) With the right side of the fabric facing up, slowly stitch across each of the lines.
Step 5: Finishing up!
At this point, you should have a piece of fabric with finished edges and the desired amount of shirred rows. (See below)
* This is a one seam dress. Therefore, there are multiple ways to finish construction, depending on your sewing machine’s capabilities and supplies available.
IF YOU SERGED (ZIGZAG OR MARROW) OR DOUBLED HEMMED (All four sides)
1) Fold the fabric in half (along the width, hamburger style) with the right sides of your fabric together and the wrong side
facing you. (see figure on right)
2) Match the top, bottom, and shirring-lines together. Sew down from top to bottom with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
3) Press the seam open with an iron.
1) Fold the fabric in half (along the width) with the wrong sides of your fabric together and the right side of the fabric facing you (opposite of figure on the right)
2) Sew a straight line from top to bottom, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
3) Trim the seam allowance in half to 1/8 inch width.2) Sew a straight line from top to bottom, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
4) Once the seam allowance is trimmed, you will once again fold the fabric along the seam and sew down
Step 6: Shoulder Straps
Shoulder Straps are optional, but they really help secure the dress in place. Here we have a few different ways that you can create the straps. Also, the straps can be made with different material. You also can use trims/ribbon instead of fabric.
Option 1: Halter Style
1) Cut 2 pieces of fabric with the following dimensions:
- Length of strips = length of dress
- Width of strip = 2.5 inches
- Example: Length of dress = 24 inches…cut two 24 in. X 2.5 in. strips
2) Hem the short sides of the strips with a 1/4 inch hem.
- Note: Zigzag stitching and/or double hemming is not necessary.
3) Fold the strips in half, right sides together. Stitch along the long side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn the tubes inside out.
4) Measure the front top edge of the dress, and divide this number by 3. Divide the dress vertically into thirds, and mark the edge.
- Example: Width = 15…draw a dot on the top edge of the fabric at the 5-in. mark and the 10-in. mark.
- These dots indicate where the straps will go. Hand stitch them in place.
Option 2: Spaghetti Straps
1) Follow steps 1-3 in Option 1.
- However, your straps will be half the length of the dress.
- Example: Length = 24…cut two pieces of 12 in. X 2.5 in. fabric
2) Follow Step 4 in Option 1. Repeat this step with the back of the dress.
Option 3: Shoulder Ties
1) Follow steps 1-3 in Option 1.
- However, you will need four pieces of fabric instead of two. Your dimensions will remain the same.
- Example: Length = 24…cut four pieces of 12 in. X 2.5 in. fabric
2) Follow Step 4 in Option 2. Sew a strap at each of the four dots.
Step 7: You’re Finished!
- If desired, add your own trims, embellishments, fringes, or shoulder straps.
- Go to dresses-for-haiti.tumblr.com and submit a picture of the dress you made – we will be featuring some of your amazing outfits on our Tumblr!
- If you would like to donate the dresses you just sewed to a young girl in Haiti, send an email to email@example.com detailing how many dresses you will be donating. We will email you some information, regarding the next steps.
Congratulations! You’ve just completed your Shirred Summer Sundress. Stay tuned for more tutorials. Email
For our Second Annual Fashion show we asked designers to make beautiful and unique dresses. Now we can see that fashion is beautiful… but what about fashion being smart?… Combining fashion with learning? Doesn’t seem so connected does it…but that was our overall theme. Yea it’s great to have a fashion show for Haiti but what if that fashion actually in some way allowed people to learn about Haiti. We here at Dresses for Haiti firmly believe in the role of the arts as agents of change due to their ability to create change…sounds like a stretch right? You may be asking yourself how is that possible but we believe art allows identities and histories to be embodied in both the internal and external sense.
After the earthquake in Haiti it almost became a cosmopolitan thing to go to fundraisers to help Haiti. But what did these people actually know about Haiti? We not only wanted to raise awareness of the occurring problems in Haiti but we also want to go against the grain and show the amazing historical and cultural elements of Haiti that are too often ignored.
The segment, “Ayiti Cherie” paid tribute to Haiti. Each designer made a dress that represented some aspect of Haitian culture, history, or nature. If you see any design you absolutely LOVE, send out an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you all the info you need. Also check out more info about the designers here: https://dressesforhaiti.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/meet-the-designers-16/
Check the dresses out below:
Designer: Jackie Chelelas
Source of Inspiration: Ezili Freda
This look was inspired by the voodoo goddess Ezili Freda, the sister of the famous Ezili Danto. Freda is the goddess of luxury, love, and all things beautiful. The dress was made with muslin and hand dyed, a signature of designer Jackie Chelelas. The vines were hand painted and the flowy silhouette and pink combination pay tribute to Freda’s girly and flirty nature.
To find out more about Freda check out http://houngangatesa.tripod.com/id1.html
Designer: Anna Bekere
Source of Inspiration: Nature/Bassin Bleu
This dress pays homage to Haiti’s beautiful and varied nature. The long blue flowy skirt pays tribute to a waterfall. The knitted incorporation pays tribute to Haiti’s unique Caribbean flora. The beige bodice pays tribute to the ground and mother earth. Particularly this dress brings up the image of a famous waterfall in Haiti called Bassin Bleu or Basen Ble in Kreyol. The fall is located in Jacmel, Haiti. A city known for its beauty and creativity.
Learn more about the waterfall here: http://www.haititravels.org/attractions/bassins-bleu-a-sanctuary-of-waterfalls-and-hills.html
Source of Inspiration: Haitian Voodoo flag for Papa Legba.
This look was inspired primarily by the geometric shapes present in the beautifully handcrafted voodoo flags. The designer was inspired by the bold black and red colors along with the symmetrical triangles and shapes
Check out how these eclectic voodoo flags are made here: http://students.brown.edu/College_Hill_Independent/?p=4710
Designer: Amira O’Kelly
Source of inspiration: Neg Mawon
This look was inspired by Neg Mawon..or Fanm Mawon as we affectionately call her! This dress paid tribute to the famous statue in Haiti know as Neg Mawon. The statue commemorates Haiti’s successful rebellion and freedom from slavery. This particular look also pays tribute to the role of the woman during the insurrection. Often hidden or unknown, women played a crucial role during the Haitian Revolution. The chains represent initial imprisonment and the long flowy skirt represents a symbolic freedom.
Learn more about Neg Mawon here: http://students.depaul.edu/~jallonce/History.html
Designer: Elena Guzman
Source of Inspiration: Haitian art and Folklore dance
This dress was inspired by the vivid colors of Haitian art and the folklore dance skirt. The semi-cirlcle skirt says “Haitian folklore” while the corset bodice brings a unique twist to the overall look.
Check out this great website to find out more about the intricate history of Haitian folklore dance in all of its variations:
Designer: Felicia Magnan
Source of Inspiration: nature- Saut D’eau and the hibiscus flower
This look was inspired by Haiti’s fauna and flora. Particularly the designer evokes the image of Saut D’eau, a significant site of pilgrimage in Haiti. The top incorporates handmade fabric flowers in order to create Haiti’s national flower, the hibiscus.
Find out more about Saut D’eau here:
Designer: Adria Streeter
Source of Inspiration: Shakere
This dress pays homage to Haiti’s rich Afro-Haitian music, specifically the shakere instrument, depicted in the image to the left. The classic silhouette imitates the smooth surface of the shakere. The beads and strings ring..and shake..true to the look of the shakere!
Check out this amazing video showing the multitude of instruments used in Afro-Haitian music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOOCYErPQf4
Designer: Amber Murray
Source of Inspiration: Toussaint L’Ouverture
This look was inspired by the revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture. Toussaint led men and women to rebellion. The red vest and white skirt invoke military elements.
Find out more about Toussaint here: http://www.historywiz.com/toussaint.htm
To find out more about how you can purchase these beautiful dresses email email@example.com
Contrary to remarks many people make about Haiti as an undesirable place, there are a plethora of misconceptions at play; Haiti is truly an unbelievable and beautiful Caribbean country.
Countless media outlets portray only the negative aspects of Haiti. We all know about the thousands of families that are still living in camps after the earthquake of 2010. The fact is that Haiti has been steadily rebuilding and hopefully in the near future there will be a positive solution for re-housing those victims. Some even render Haiti as a one-dimensional place. There is so much more to this particular country than the naysayers will ever know. From the beautiful mountainous views to the amazing culture and history, there is a lot to explore.
Safety seems to always be an area of interest for the media while taking part in “Haiti bashing.” Even though paramilitary and armed groups are indeed prevalent within the country, safety is not a huge concern. The Haitian police force generally keep the population safe and they always keep an eye out for the different groups that pose any type of threat. You can imagine how difficult a situation that may be for any type of law enforcement, but they can succeed.
This unfortunate depiction of Haiti gives outsiders absolutely no confidence in visiting. On a public scale is seems to be strictly up to fellow bloggers, word of mouth and in-depth research to represent Haiti in a positive way.
The best way to get an individual idea of the sheer beauty of Haiti is to take a visit. The tourist industry is growing with every minute that passes. In 2012, the Haiti Ministry of tourism put out a new logo as a larger mission to rebrand Haiti as a beautiful place to visit.
Recently Haiti and Ecuador signed a tourism agreement. To add to that a giant billboard on the I-95 in Florida greeted drivers as they passed stating, “Live the experience, seize the opportunity,” . With this huge push for tourism there has also been a backlash as The LA Times’ Allyn Gaestel interestingly stated “Who wants to sip a rum cocktail knowing that, just down the road, malnourished children are languishing in tents?” While this is the case there is also much more Haiti has to offer to the visitor. This is not to say to simply ignore the continued devastation; in fact you can do the contrary. Haiti has been the site of a growing “philanthropy tourism.” So while you are in Haiti donate your time to a local orphanage or school and help Haiti while you stimulate the economy with your American dollars. [UPDATE just found out about a “voluntourism” trip happening this winter! Go here for more details http://www.experiencethevillage.com/destinations/?ee=8)
If you want history, Port-au-Prince is your best bet. The capital city is not only exploding with history, it’s also extremely colorful. From the commemorative and prideful statue of “Neg Mawon” to the art that lines the walls of Port-Au-Prince, to the stories of people chatting in the streets, La Citadelle Castle in CapHaitien to Sans Souci Palace, history lies everywhere.
For the religious and spiritual, Saut D’eau, a waterfall in Haiti, has become a significant site of pilgrimage for vodun and catholic practitioners alike.
The food is in a league of its own. The African,French, and creole influenced cuisine is something that is best described by only eating. Lambi is an amazing traditional dish and legumes are one of the most flavorful accompaniments around. Street vendors line the street selling local Haitian snacks and grilled food. Various travel safety agencies advice against this but hey, are you really living if you don’t try the street food plus you will be supporting the autonomy of local street vendors. Just use precaution as you would anywhere else in the world. Visitors will be salivating at the unique blend of spices and herbs that rings true of the Caribbean but demarcates a specific “haitianness.”
Finally, Haitian culture and arts are the cream of the crop for any visitor to experience. The music, literature, unique clothing and paintings are breathtaking. We all have heard at least one poet or writer’s work from Haiti, from Danticat to Basquiat, Haiti has slowly but surely been coming into our consciousness. Jacmel has been touted as the “art capital” of Haiti and rightfully so. Local artists use their beautiful environments to inspire them. Another place to go is the “Iron Market” located in Port-Au-Prince—we would call this a tourist souvenir paradise. Art, purses, wallets, statues, and anything you can think of will be there and the prices are relatively cheap. If there is one thing that can be said is these vendors love a good haggle and they will pull you and every which direction to get you to come to their booth. It’s a fun and exhausting experience but you will never forget it! The music is also very fun and exhilarating with the elements of African drums to keep every moment exciting. From the traditional afro-musical influences, to the very Haitian kompas and zouk. Haiti is one of the most stunning places on Earth and anyone with a pulse should consider going for a visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a truly welcoming environment and an unforgettable atmosphere.
Our final conclusion: Don’t let the media fool you.