Lensu

Women wearing a 'Lensu' have consequently disappeared from the street scene. Nowadays you see them in folkloric groups and during Seú Festivals. A woman who walked around in town without head gear and without stockings was a streetwalker, a ‘shishi di kaya’. There were three types of head gear in Curaçao: one for Sundays, one for very special occasions and one for daily use. For the Sunday lensu, the Punta di Scharloo, a square starched cloth of white linen or cotton is folded into a triangle. A beautiful headscarf gave the woman a certain status. It was believed that the more scarves a woman had, the richer she was.

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