Drapo Vodou: Haitian Vodou Flags

October 29, 2008 to November 29, 2008

Works by the Finest Sequin Artists in Haiti

Doubtless the most spectacular Haitian art form is the sequin-covered Drapo Vodou or "Voodoo Flag". Vodou banners derive directly from the practice of the Vodou religion. Vodou is a syncretism of the traditional African religions brought to Haiti by slaves, with the Catholicism of their former masters. The banners are traditionally the work of practicing vodou priests and their followers. They are displayed in the vodou sanctuaries and are carried at the commencement of a ceremony. Each flag depicts the vévé symbol or image of the loa to which it is devoted. These include: Erzulie Freda the female deity, “goddess of love” associated with the Virgin Mary; Ogou, deity of iron and war, associated with St. Jacques; La Sirene and Agoue, the female and male deities of the sea; Legba, gatekeeper and lord of the crossroads, associated with St. Peter; Azaka, the farmer, associated with St. Isidore; Bossou, the bull; Damballah, symbolized by the snake, and paired with St. Patrick; and Baron Samedi, keeper of the cemetery and one of the Ghedes, lords of the underworld. The flags are made of shiny silk fabrics to which have been sewn a brilliant mosaic of sequins and beads. A full-size banner typically contains 18,000 to 20,000 sequins and may take ten days to complete.

While the origins of this ritual art form have been traced back several hundred years, to sources as divwrse as African textiles and French regimental flags, the present form of the vodou flag may date to only the 1950’s. But in the 1970’s and 1980’s, following on the celebrated “Haitian renaissance” in painting and sculpture, the vodou banner also came to the attention of collectors and critics. Artists were able to sell directly to tourists (until tourism essentially ended in the mid-1980’s), and an art market developed for flags as well.

Among the more traditional practitioners of the art who are still working include Sylva Joseph, Clotaire Bazile, and Yves Telemac. The interest of collectors (and collaboration with artists from abroad such as Tina Girouard and Alison Saar) spurred innovation in the medium, and such artists as the late Joseph Oldof Pierre and Antoine Oleyant brought the art form to a new plane of creativity. Since the death of Antoine Oleyant in 1992, and in spite of the hardships of the political strife and economic embargo in Haiti, other important sequin artists such as Eveland Lalanne, Roland Rockville, Petit Frere Mogirus, Maxon Scylla, and George Valris have come to prominence.

The most recent and exciting development in the art of Drapo is the emergence of the “wedding-dress factory artists”, such as Myrlande Constant, Evelyn Alcide, Roudy Azor and the late Amina Simeon. These artists, several of whom had worked at a now-closed wedding-dress factory in Port-au-Prince, introduced techniques of dense and intricate beading and sequins to the art of the drapo. This allowed much finer detail of design and subtlety of color, and encouraged the introduction of more painterly techniques such as shading and perspective to the medium. What were once essentially sequinned religious icons have become ever more complex beaded mosaic paintings.

La Sirene Matenel - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1604

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (44" x 45 1/2"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$3200
Erzulie Dantor - Vodou Flag
SKU: MD-1105

Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (43 1/2" x 43 1/2"), c.2010.
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$3200
Gouetor - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1603

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (36 1/2" x 43"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$2800
Haidah Wedo (Mamy Wata) - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1602

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (42" x 32"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$2500
SKU: AZ0801

Sequins and beads on fabric
(34" x 45 1/2"), c.2006

This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon

$ 2,200
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
SKU: AZ0701

Sequins and beads on fabric (48" x 40"), c.2006

This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon

$ 2,200
La Sirene
SKU: LDB0801

Sequins and beads on fabric (54 x 29 1/2), c.2006
This flag is published in the book Spirits in Sequins by Nancy Josephson.

$ 1,800
Product Status: 
Returned to Consignor
Erzulie Mapiang - Vodou Flag
SKU: MD-0801

Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Sequins and beads on fabric (33" x 30"), c.2005.
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.  This flag is published in Spirits in Sequins: Vodou Flags of Haiti,(2007) by Nancy Josephson, p. 161.

$1800
Snake Woman Vodou Flag
SKU: BV-1601

Brianville Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (42 x 35), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1800
M. La Sirene - Vodou Flag
SKU: RA-1602

Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Beads and sequins on fabric (42" x 24 1/2"),
c. 2010
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1800
Jan Zombi Vodou Flag
SKU: RA-1601

Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Beads on fabric (27" x 37 3/4"),
c. 2010
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1800
"Haida Wedo" (Mamy Wata) Vodou Banner
SKU: AZ-1405

Haida Wedo (Mamy Wata) Vodou Banner
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (33" x 23 1/2"),
c.2013
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon

 

$1600
Maitresse et Maitre Grand Bois - Vodou Flag
SKU: LM-1601

Lamarre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (32" x 30"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1600
Erzulie Dantor Vodou Flag
SKU: FTS-1601

Nadine Fortilus (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (36" x 36"),
c.2005
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1500
Marassa Trois Vodou Flag
SKU: AL-1601

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (31 1/2 x 25 1/4), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$1500
SKU: MD1104

Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Sequins and beads on fabric (43" x 45"), c.2010 This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$ 3,800
Product Status: 
Sold
Ayida Wedo (Lady of the Serpents)
SKU: MD-1102

Sequins and beads on fabric
(39 1/2" x 53"), c.2010

This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$ 3,200
Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Catastrophe de 12 Janvier
SKU: MD-1103

Sequins and beads on fabric
(43 1/2" x 45 1/2"), c.2010

This flag is Mireille's response to the ctastrophe of the Jan 12th, 2010 earthquake, in which she lost several family members and her home. It depicts representatives of Haiti's three primary religions - Catholicism, Vodou and Protestant Christianity - praying among the rubble and the dead. Another 'earthquake flag" by Mireille Delice was featured in the profile of her in the Fall/Winter, 2011 issue of Hand/Eye Magazine This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$ 3,200
Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Diabolo Bossou Antique Vodou Banner
SKU: VYF-9

Sequins and beads on fabric (38" x 34"), c.1980

Published in the article, "I Am Going to See Where My Oungan Is": The Artistry of a Haitian Vodou Flagmaker, by Anna Wexler, published in the collection Sacred Possessions (Rutgers University Press, 1997).

$ 1,800
Product Status: 
Sold
Damballa - Antique Vodou Banner
SKU: VYF-2

(initialled "LL")
Sequins and beads on fabric (31"x 24"), mid-20th century

$ 1,600
Product Status: 
Sold
Baron Antique Vodou Banner
SKU: VYF-5

Sequins and beads on fabric
(35" x 30"), mid-20th century

$1,600
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: VB-MCSirene

Sequins and beads on fabric
(27 x 34), c. 2002

$ 1,600
Product Status: 
Sold
Ogou Djamson Vodou Banner
SKU: CBA-02

Sequins and beads on fabric (34 x 27),
c.1980's.   Provenance: from private collection.

$ 1,500
Product Status: 
Sold
"Seisme 12 Janvier 2010" Beaded Drapo
SKU: AZ-1406

"Seisme 12 Janvier 2010" Beaded Drapo
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (22" x 24 1/2"),
c. 2014
This stunning secular flag was created as a memorial to the 2010 earthquake, on the occasion of it's fourth anniversary. The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: AS-Erz

Amina Simeon (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (24 x 24), c.1998

This flag is published in the book Spirits in Sequins by Nancy Josephson.

$ 975
Product Status: 
Sold
Bossou - Vodou Flag
SKU: AS-1501

Amina Simeon (Jacmel, Haiti, 1959 - 2000)
Beads on fabric (28" x 25"),
c.2000
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus quite heavy), in the manner of fellow artists Constant, Alcide and Azor.

This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$975
Product Status: 
Sold
Trois Rois - Vodou Flag
SKU: AS-1201

Amina Simeon (Jacmel, Haiti, 1959 - 2000)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(25" x 22 1/2"), c.1998.
This flag is published in Spirits in Sequins: Vodou Flags of Haiti,(2007) by Nancy Josephson, p. 158.

$975
Product Status: 
Sold
"La Sirene" Beaded Drapo Vodou (vodou flag)
SKU: AZ-1408

La Sirene Beaded Drapo Vodou (vodou flag) 
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 23 1/2"),
c. 2013
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

$950
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: GV/D0805

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(40 1/2 x 34), c.2008

$ 900
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: GV/D-0503

Sequins and beads on fabric
(41 x 35), c.2005

$ 900
Product Status: 
Sold
La Sirene
SKU: LM/D-0601

Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 1/2 x 26) c.2006

$ 875
Product Status: 
Sold
Baron Lakwa Vodou Flag
SKU: SJ-1601

Sylva Joseph (Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(32 3/4" x 30"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$850
Product Status: 
Sold
Freda - Vodou Flag
SKU: JBJJ-1501

Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Beads on velvet fabric
(29" x 22 1/2"), c.2005

This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon. It is published in Spirits in Sequins: Vodou Flags of Haiti,(2007) by Nancy Josephson, p. 37.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

 

$750
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie Dantor Vodou Flag
SKU: SJ-1501

Sylva Joseph (Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(30" x 30"), c.2000

$750
Product Status: 
Sold
Baron Zombi Vodou Banner
SKU: MNA/D0901

Sequins and beads on fabric
(35 x 31), c.2009

$ 750
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
SKU: GV/D0603

Sequins and beads on fabric
(38 1/2 x 27 ), c.2006

$ 700
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: SJ-Grand

Silva Joseph (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(30 x 29), c.1993

$ 650
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
Erzulie Dantor and Damballa
SKU: GV/D1309

Sequinned Banner
Sequins and beads on fabric
(34 x 25 1/2), c.2013

$ 575
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1601

Sequinned Banner
Sequins and beads on fabric
(35 1/2 x 24 1/2), c.2005
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$575
Product Status: 
Sold
Bossou Vodou Flag
SKU: MR-1601

Sequins and beads on fabric
(32 1/2 x 30), c.2005
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$575
Product Status: 
Sold
"Dambalah - Haida" Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
SKU: AZ-1404

Dambalah - Haida Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (25" x 15"),
c.2013
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

Price on request
Product Status: 
Sold
Dambalah - Vodou Flag
SKU: LFL-1502

Fils Lafleur (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(28.5" x 26.5"), c.2005

$550
Product Status: 
Sold
Marassa/Grand Bois - Drapo (Sequinned Banner)
SKU: WAW/VV-1503

Valentin Valris (Haiti) and William Adjété Wilson (Togo/France)
Sequins and beads on fabric (22 1/2" x 17 1/2"), c.2015

$500
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: AZ-1403

Erzulie Freda Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (21 1/2" x 21 1/2"),
c. 2013
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

$500
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie Freda Beaded Vodou Flag
SKU: AZ-1402

Erzulie Freda Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (15" x 20"),
c. 2013
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Donated to permanent collection of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

 

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
"Marassas" Vodou Banner
SKU: AZ-1401

Marassas Vodou Banner
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 15 1/2"),
c.2013
A rare three-headed, four-breasted interpretation of "Marassa Trois" the loa of twins and triplets. This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

 

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
"Marassas" Vodou Banner
SKU: AZ-1401

Marassas Vodou Banner
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 15 1/2"),
c.2013
A rare three-headed, four-breasted interpretation of "Marassa Trois" the loa of twins and triplets. This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

 

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: MS/D1201

(Port-au-Prince)
Sequins and beads on fabric (28 x 23) c.2009
Ex. collection of the late Marilyn Houlberg.

$ 395
Product Status: 
Sold
Dambalah Wedo - Vodou Flag
SKU: RA1502

Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Beads on fabric (16 1/2" x 13"),
c. 2008
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$375
Product Status: 
Sold
Maxon Scylla (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
SKU: MS/D1403

Sequins and beads on fabric
(24" x 20") c.2013

$ 325
Product Status: 
Sold
"Kafou Simbi" Vodou Flag
SKU: JBJJ-1405

(Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (17 1/2" x 17 1/2"),
c.2014

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$280
Product Status: 
Sold
"Kafou Legba" Vodou Flag
SKU: JBJJ-1404

(Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (17 1/2" x 17 1/2"),
c.2014

$280
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1706

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 1/2" x 19"), c.2016

$250
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: YT/V-0602

Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 x 17 1/2), 2006

$ 225
Product Status: 
Sold
"Papa Loko" Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1002

Sequins and beads on fabric (22 x 18 1/2), c.2010

$ 225
Product Status: 
Sold
Vodou Bottle
SKU: VYB22

Sequins and beads on fabric on glass bottle
(+/- 3 1/2" x 12"), mid-20th century

$ 225
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: MS/D-1404

Maxon Scylla (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (21" x 17") c.2013

$ 195
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie and Damballa Drapo Vodou (Vodou Flag)
SKU: GM/D-1401

G.M. (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Beads on fabric
(21" x 16"), c.2013

$175
Product Status: 
Sold
Ayizan - Vodou Flag
SKU: ANN-1610

Sequins and beads on fabric
(17 1/2" x 16 1/2"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$110
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: GV/D1301

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 3/4 x 13 3/4), c.2013

$ 95
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: GV/D1401

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2" x 12"), c.2013

$ 95
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: ANN-1602

Anonymous flag artist (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
14 1/2" x 14"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$85
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie - Vodou Flag
SKU: ANN/D-1401

Unknown artist (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(14" x 11"), c.2013

 

$75
Product Status: 
Sold
Erzulie/Damballa - Vodou Flag
SKU: ANN/D-1403

Unknown artist (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(14" x 11"), c.2013

 

$75
Product Status: 
Sold
Legba Kafou - Vodou Flag
SKU: AN-1607

Sequins and beads on fabric
(14" x 11"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$75
Product Status: 
Sold
Dambala and Erzulie Vodou Flag
SKU: ANN-1603

Anonymous flag artist (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
12 1/2" x 10"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$58
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: AC0802

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Sequins and beads on fabric (36 1/2" x 34"), c.2007 This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

SOLD
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: GV/D0604

George Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (38 x 27 ), c.2006

SOLD
Product Status: 
Sold