They are as Belizean as rice and
beans; as Christmassy as Santa
Claus. And you know exactly what
I'm talking about.
Janelle Chanona, Reporting
With Christmas just three weeks
away, business on Albert Street is
brisk. And when it comes to home improvement projects,
Belizeans are going the whole nine yards...especially
when it comes to curtains and marley.
Picking from this plethora of colours is crucial, after
you do have to live with them for a whole year...and
customers aren't afraid to go the distance.
Ismail Mahung, Mikado Salesman
"A lot of people come and buy now. Not only from Belize
City, especially Belize City, Orange Walk, Corozal
Dangriga all over the place, in this country they come
and buy at Mikado's."
"You come all the way from Belmopan to buy curtain?"
Yoli Rodriguez, Curtain Buyer
"Yes, I do."
"Why you come all the way to Belize City?"
"They have beautiful curtains and they have the quantity
that I need."
"You buying for your whole house?"
"Yes I do."
"Why you need so many curtains?"
"So that it can be decorated well and beautiful."
Sofia Novelo, Mikado Saleswoman
"Right now for the Christmas, we have them at 3.99 a
yard and these are selling very fast right now, cause
these are on sale."
"Why you think people always change curtains at
"Because it's a very special occasion."
Special and sometimes pricey. But saleswoman Sofia
Novelo says there are ways to beat the system.
"It depends on who sew them it bring out the fabric. So
it doesn't matter on the price, it matter how they sew it
and how you design your materials."
And sticking to your decorating design is a must.
Marian Henkis, Hofius Saleswoman
"I think it goes by colour coordinated, every de look fu
match up with they colours so it no really matter any
style as long as the colour match with them or whatever
they want to do their house."
"Does the price matter?"
"To some yes, and to some no, cause it still sell."
Another big sell at Christmas is vinyl floor covering or
Ionie and Denzil Wright
"This is our first buy...marley."
"Has this been a Belizean tradition for you all?"
"Yeah, from I was that, but they used to call it linoleum
but now they call it marley."
"Why do you think it's important to have new marley at
"Well the tradition is very good."
"It makes the house look bright, better, improvement."
Samuel Bailey, Hofius Salesman
"They like cheap marley they like it cheap because once
it's expensive, they no wah buy it, once it's good price,
"People like they house pretty and like dress they house,
they like new marley fu match their wall and they
Douglas Hyde, Upholstery Buyer
"It's tradition, a tradition I grew up with."
"You know how it started, the meaning behind it?"
"No, no, I have no idea."
"Is it expensive to change your furnishing covers every
"At this time of the year, you mek allowance fu that."
And despite varied budgets this season, you can bet
your bottom dollar many Belizeans will be making those
kinds of allowances in the spirit of the season.
In case you are wondering where the name "Marley"
came from, we are informed that it is a brand name
for an English floor covering that was popular here in
days gone by.