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Vodou Flags by Haitian Artist
Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph

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About Vodou Flags
Vodou flags (also called drapos or banners) are traditionally used to decorate the site where a ceremony is held. They are also draped across the backs of ceremony participants so that, as they dance, the shimmer produced by the glittering beads, sequins, and seed pearls will attract a particular lwa or spirit (also spelled loa). Traditionally, the elaborate embroidery of Vodou flags is done by Vodou priests (ougans) or priestesses (mambos). However, as these dazzling wall-hangings made the transition from religious ritual works to a highly prized and collectible artform, many artists — both practicing and non-practicing — have come to create flags for the art market. Flags typically feature the physical representation or vévé (symbol) that represents an individual lwa.

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About the Artist

Born in 1967, Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph is from La Vallé Bainet in the southern part of Haiti. Involved in Haiti's folk art movement from an early age, he learned to weave baskets and also took jobs in factories applying beads and pearls to wedding dresses. In 1991, he decided to start his own business with a small loan from a friend. He created his first Vodou flag, stitching everything by hand and promptly selling it for $450.

Photo of Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph

From the beginning, he had a unique style, which he says came to him in a revelation. Rather than fill a flag completely with beads and sequins, he likes to create contrast by leaving the background sparse while filling the center image thick with a variety of new-style beads.

He started out by selling his flags to the Museum of Haitian Art gift shop in Port-au-Prince, and went on to exhibit his work in some of the Island's finest art galleries. Today, he uses a sewing machine and employs several artisans to make his creations, which can take 2 to 6 weeks to complete. His flags have been exhibited in galleries in Haiti, New York, Miami, California, and Australia and will be the subject of a one-man show later this year in Paris.

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