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Curtains and marley: a Belizean tradition #59749
12/05/02 10:11 AM
12/05/02 10:11 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
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."

Janelle Chanona
"You come all the way from Belmopan to buy curtain?"

Yoli Rodriguez, Curtain Buyer
"Yes, I do."

Janelle Chanona
"Why you come all the way to Belize City?"

Yoli Rodriguez
"They have beautiful curtains and they have the quantity
that I need."

Janelle Chanona
"You buying for your whole house?"

Yoli Rodriguez
"Yes I do."

Janelle Chanona
"Why you need so many curtains?"

Yoli Rodriguez
"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."

Janelle Chanona
"Why you think people always change curtains at

Sofia Novelo
"Because it's a very special occasion."

Special and sometimes pricey. But saleswoman Sofia
Novelo says there are ways to beat the system.

Sofia Novelo
"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."

Janelle Chanona
"Does the price matter?"

Marian Henkis
"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."

Janelle Chanona
"Has this been a Belizean tradition for you all?"

Ionie Wright
"Yeah, from I was that, but they used to call it linoleum
but now they call it marley."

Janelle Chanona
"Why do you think it's important to have new marley at

Ionie Wright
"Well the tradition is very good."

Denzil Wright
"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,
they buy."

"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."

Janelle Chanona
"You know how it started, the meaning behind it?"

Douglas Hyde
"No, no, I have no idea."

Janelle Chanona
"Is it expensive to change your furnishing covers every

Douglas Hyde
"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.

Re: Curtains and marley: a Belizean tradition #59750
12/05/02 12:24 PM
12/05/02 12:24 PM
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Posts: 114
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Ms. Coconuts Offline
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Thanks Marty. This is an interesting tradition. I can't believe Christmas is so near. I'll bet in the states Christmas is the carpet steam cleaners favorite time of year!

Re: Curtains and marley: a Belizean tradition #59751
12/05/02 03:13 PM
12/05/02 03:13 PM
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NYgal Offline
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Nice reading, thanks.

Re: Curtains and marley: a Belizean tradition #59752
12/05/02 05:56 PM
12/05/02 05:56 PM
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Posts: 105
Caye Caulker
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When first moving to Belize in 1991 I couldn't understand what they ment by Marley by the yard (Bob Marley by the yard????) ohhhhh it's flooring..and we have to repaint the whole inside of my mother-in-laws house with oil base paint during the rainy cold time of year or it isn't Xmas???? this jewish girl was quite confused and back then if you didn't get your shopping done by the 2nd week of December there were no toys left and forget affording a turkey..we stuffed chickens.... Changes are happening quickly we do still have alot of folks in need and please remember this is our children to remember... we are having a toy drive in Caye Caulker and Rasta Pasta will give you a free beer or local rum drink for every toy donated.. it may not look like a 3rd world country anymore but we do have alot of families with lots of needs.... Happy Hoidaze wink

Re: Curtains and marley: a Belizean tradition #59753
12/05/02 07:59 PM
12/05/02 07:59 PM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
I miss you maralyn, lotsa love and hugs from the great northwest...

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