By Sarah Harvey – 2nd February 2022
An important part of Curacao’s dushi (sweet) culture, Mama and Chichi sculptures can be found across the island and have come to represent the beauty of the female form.
It’s impossible to travel around the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao without falling in love with the affectionate-looking, plus-sized Mama (mother) and Chichi (big sister) sculptures found in public squares, outside hotels and in unexpected locations around the island. Their poses – with hands outstretched in a welcoming embrace or clasped together in quiet contemplation – radiate maternalistic warmth. Combined with their lofty 2m scale, Curacaoans and travellers alike can’t resist rushing in to photograph a hug with a Mama or Chichi or stopping by for a quick chat. …