THE NATIONAL COSTUME
One mostly sees the informal version of the national costume which is a lacy underskirt topped by a madras or floral skirt. The bodice is of the same lacy, white material trimmed in ribbon. The tete mawee is the headpiece always tied with a peak (or two depending on marital status).
The formal version of the national costume is very intricate and much more elaborate. It is a full-length dress of brightly coloured fabric, oftentimes florals, tied up on one side to reveal the lacy layers of the underskirt. Beholding a lovely Saint Lucian lady in full, formal national dress is a delightful sight.
THE MOTTO AND PLEDGE
The ideals represented by the flag are reinforced in the island’s motto: The land, the people, the light and the National Pledge: With God as my guide, I pledge allegiance to my country, Saint Lucia. I proclaim that I will serve my country with pride and dignity and will defend it with vigour and valour in the pursuit of excellence, justice and equality for all.