I create and therefore I am...
In Saramacca culture devotional and religious objects a re not decorated. They are plain pieces of wood, a piece of cloth wrapped around it. The altars are simple square spaces with a roofed of palm leaves or tin. It is when it comes to everyday objects adornment is key. Furniture, houses, clothes and everyday objects are carefully decorated with in a strong graphic style.
The reason for all this beauty is simple: love. Making an impression on someone you like is the driving force behind the carving of stools and spoons and sewing of pangi, wraparound skirts, and banya koto's, male over the shoulder cloth. Being to make a beautifull and stylish object is a strong plus when courting. Creativity is an important asset. Not an extra.