Het Koto Museum

Het Koto Museum - arvostelut (Paramaribo)

Het Koto Museum
4.5
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Järjestämme nämä ravintolat ja nähtävyydet tasapainottamalla jäsentemme arvostelut ja sen, miten lähellä kohteet ovat tätä sijaintia.
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Melissa
Amsterdam, Alankomaat20 contributions
Historic cultural clothing wear
1/2020
I went with my family to this museum; we were with around 10 people. When we arrived, there was another group and luckily enough their tour was just ending so we had to wait in the back garden for 5/10 minutes. We didn’t make any reservations, so we were lucky enough to get inside because it’s a pretty small place. I’ve been with some family members to the temporary koto expedition in Amsterdam so we could make a great comparison. The tour guide knew a lot of history and was told with great enthusiasm. The tour was around 2 hours. We arrived 30 minutes before closing time and he took the time to gave us a fabulous historic cultural tour. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum. We walked to the place but it's easy to reach by car or bus. Price of this tour is definitely worth it!
Written 11. tammikuuta 2020
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Roseanne
Amsterdam, Alankomaat8 contributions
Lovely host
1/2019 • Perhe
A small but very interesting place to go in Paramaribo if you want to learn about the clothes of the women of Suriname. The owner tells you everything you want to know and more, she is amazing.
Written 3. helmikuuta 2019
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spiegelaar
Breda, Alankomaat146 contributions
Surprise!
11/2018
What a gem is this Kotomuseum!
A received a warm welcome and a excellent explanation from mrs Christine van Russell about the meaning of the different angisa's. The many items on display together with her captivating stories gave us an excellent impression about the way of life in the old days!
Written 28. joulukuuta 2018
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Marilyn R
Haag, Alankomaat174 contributions
Beautiful small museum
7/2017 • Kaverit
I visited Koto museum several times. It's now located on the Prinsessestraat 43. If you want to know about the Surinamese culture in particular the Creole you are at the right place. You will hear many stories about the Koto and the Angisa. At the back they have a beautiful peaceful garden where you can sit and don't have the notice that you are in the city.
Written 31. heinäkuuta 2017
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Marilyn R
10 contributions
If you are in Surinam you have to visit
7/2017 • Kaverit
This museum is located in a Beautiful renovated old typical Surinamese house. At this museum you can learn much about the Surinamese culture in particular the clothing. All the items belongs to the owner herself who saved them for years. And many of the clothing's she inherited from her ancestors. I visited this museum several times in the past 8 years and every time its a step in Surinam history!
Written 30. heinäkuuta 2017
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ptyduke
Florida665 contributions
A Historical Gem
3/2015 • Kaverit
This small museum in a little house provided a wealth of Surinamese history. The guide wrote the book on the Kotomisi traditions which she learned first-hand from her grandmother and great grandmother. A wonderful display of clothing and headkerchiefs from the 1860s until the mid 1900s. It will soon be relocating to a bigger space in town on Princessastraat where she will be able to increase the amount of items on display. A wonderful glimpse into a truly Surinamese cultural tradition.
Written 27. maaliskuuta 2015
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mellaneybruyn
Port of Spain, Trinidad8 contributions
an nonverbal tradition
5/2014 • Soolomatka
It is just amazing to see something so positive and beautiful arise out of slavery.People still wear those dresses and head pieces on a daily basis,There are even bridal kotos.I somewhat felt it is getting somewhat comercialized which might take away some of the quality of the pieces.
Written 7. kesäkuuta 2014
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Ruth F
6 contributions
This little museum is a true labour of love: a great lesson in social history through fashion!
Koto is a a kind of subcultural fashion worn by town-dwelling creole women, which evolved from before the abolition and is still worn by some today. The elaborately folded headscarves are most well-known, as they were used to convey (secret) messages to those in the loop. Anything from celebrating a birthday to an invitation to 'meet me at the corner' ;)

I visited this little museum by myself and was treated to an hour and a half of stories and explanations by the founder's husband (?). The collection is mainly made up of mannequins wearing the different styles, but other objects and pictures relating to women's lives add to the stories too.

They ask a mere 10SRD (!) for a visit, which illustrates the noble intentions of the founders: simply to tell the stories and conserve their pieces for future generations.

If you plan to visit, you can (but aren't obligated to) call ahead, so they can make more time for you. Because of the small size of the exhibition space, a group larger than maybe 12 would probably be too crowded.

The museum is south of the centre in a suburban area. I took a cab there and the owner called one for me for the return journey, no problem.
Written 16. joulukuuta 2012
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