As a Barbadian young woman, who constantly yearns for home, it has long been important to me to celebrate my country and my culture.
On each public holiday in Barbados, I'm tuned in to whatever live stream of the day's events that will help me feel connected to the goings-on at home. Since moving to Toronto, every year I make a fuss about celebrating Barbados' National Independence Day (November 30th). Most years I prepare a full spread of Bajan foods and drinks, including cou cou & flying fish (our national dish), pudding & souse (a Saturday must-have), fish cakes (a party staple) & bakes, conkies, mauby, sorrel and soursop punch.
Each year at the end of November and through to the new year, I adorn my home in festive decorations, exclusively in my national colours.
In the initial planning stages, I referred to this brand as "dotbb" because it was a piece of Barbados online. Later, I leaned towards a name that was bolder, a bit ambiguous and definitely meaningful. There is power in the prefix "ULTRA" and there is richness in the colour "ultramarine." So, named after one of the beautiful colours of Barbados' flag, ULTRAMARINE came to be.