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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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SECTION SEVEN Accessories

Chapter 21 Jewelry and Mittens

MAKING CHEAP JEWELRY

The accessories used for Once on This Island can be very expensive and hard to find in a store, so I made them using cheap, yet effective materials. The costumes and accessories for the production displayed Caribbean-influenced tropical patterns, colors, textures, and styles that harmonized with the Caribbean rhythms and culture. The costumes and accessories were kept simple to portray that the characters could make them themselves.

The accessories — headbands, turbans, kerchief scarves, earrings, necklaces, armlets, and anklets — all exhibited this primitive flavor. They were created from colorful wooden beads and cotton batik fabrics that were left over from the costumes. ...

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