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Wired to an Aesthetic called Trini

My name is Johann Mohammed and I make wire jewellery by hand. This is what I do, it’s not a hobby on the side.

I have a Dutch first name and a Muslim last name. My dad is dougla. His father was a black Madras Indian, one of the first Indians to settle in Tobago, and his mom was a staunch African Tobago woman.

I was born in Tobago but my parents came over to Trinidad when I was still a baby so I grew up in Trinidad. I went back to Tobago for August holidays. So my roots are firmly planted in Tobago but I myself grew in Trinidad. I’m the only one of four siblings born at home, in my grandmother’s grasp, not in the hospital.

Tobagonians may differ but, how I see it, “Trini” encompasses “’Bago”. So I basically call myself a Trini.

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Wired to an Aesthetic called Trini

My name is Johann Mohammed and I make wire jewellery by hand. This is what I do, it’s not a hobby on the side.

I have a Dutch first name and a Muslim last name. My dad is dougla. His father was a black Madras Indian, one of the first Indians to settle in Tobago, and his mom was a staunch African Tobago woman.

I was born in Tobago but my parents came over to Trinidad when I was still a baby so I grew up in Trinidad. I went back to Tobago for August holidays. So my roots are firmly planted in Tobago but I myself grew in Trinidad. I’m the only one of four siblings born at home, in my grandmother’s grasp, not in the hospital.

Tobagonians may differ but, how I see it, “Trini” encompasses “’Bago”. So I basically call myself a Trini.

Read more

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