In the second post of the AHAH series, our discussion of cultural heritage continues.What is this – something passed on or acquired based on where we are born, or how we are raised, or our overall environment and is linked more to culture that includes a people's housing, clothing, food, and traditions (celebratory,symbolic, and other.)
The first post touched on Bermuda's housing heritage that was built on the use of naturally available resources thereby fueling the community both socially and economically. Although, the natural resources have diminished, the Bermudian pride in its rich housing heritage lives on with stories passed on from generation to generation and artist's renditions of how quarry skills were honed and polished.
The next area that reflects a culture is clothing.
With limited natural resources, and being a country of immigrants, everything was imported into Bermuda from somewhere else since the beginning of time. The English and the Americans have been, for the most part, the greatest influence in how Bermudians dressed. In recent years, however, the trend has been changing.
What comes to mind is that in the last few decades, there appears to be a higher degree of social awareness, and more interestingly, social acceptance of Bermuda's Caribbean and African connections. The concept of heritage and the desire to have a national identity has come to the forefront within the community of Bermudians of African descent. Clothing influences for the younger generation of up and coming designers now reflect all of Bermuda's heritage – European traditional attire, American trendy clothing, island themes of the Caribbean,and ethnic patterns of the African continent.
Do not fret though… there will always be the unique and continuously copied Bermuda Shorts to show off our motto of "Bermuda is Another World" – a place where multi-million dollar deals and the running of government may be conducted by men who have no shame in wearing to work blazers or jackets with pastel colored knee-length shorts and knee socks. This clothing model has even made its way to Guernsey to be used as a fundraiser for male cancer awareness and prevention. Click here to see how this tradition began.