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Tavita Tusitala
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« on: October 07, 2008, 12:02:26 AM »

A group of village dancers pose for the camera before the missionaries made them cover up. They have dresses of tapa cloth (mulberry) and fine mat (pandanus) Necklaces made of seeds, shells and flowers. Flowers and green leaves in hair.
Some village dancers dress this way to perform today, but cover up their tops.

Village women pose for sivasiva picture


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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 12:04:24 AM »

Three girls sit and the one in the middle mixes kava in the kava bowl. A boy looks on from behind the coconut palm. It looks like they have cotton lavalavas, something that came with first missionaries and traders.

Making Kava from the 'ava root.


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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 12:07:29 AM »

The woman in the middle is wearing a fine mat made from the leaves of the pandanus tree. In the old days each young woman would weave a fine mat and the quality of it was proof of her marriageability.
They are probably dressed for a sivasiva dance or other ceremonial festivities.


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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 12:08:55 AM »

1924 photo of a man and woman in traditional clothing for a sivasiva or other festivities. The man has a lavalava, the woman a fine mat skirt.

Samoans invented the firedance, a dance with flaming swords now seen all over polynesia in polynesian dance revues or Hawaiian luaus.


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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008, 12:10:26 AM »

Old engraving of usual casual attire of the old days. With 100 percent humity and 75-85 degrees most the time it is very uncomfortable to have heavy clothes.

Some remote villages still have a relaxed feel, but such dress is rare to be seen in public.
Comfortable wear from the old days


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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 12:11:52 AM »

Two girls in traditional clothing. The girl on the right has a dress made from tapa cloth (The pounded bark of the mulberry tree) and the girl on the left has a fine mat dress made from the pandanus tree.

This beautiful clothing can still be seen in sivasivas (dance) or other traditional festivities.
Tapa cloth and fine mat dresses


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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2008, 04:07:05 AM »

Intersting where do you have this pictures from?
Almost every old fashion is coming back once ... would be funny imagine us wearing something like this once  Grin http://www.ipacific.com/forum/index.php?topic=97.msg108#msg108
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2008, 09:56:38 AM »

The old-style Samoan clothes are all handmade from local materials.
Tapa cloth made from mulberry bark and painted with traditional designs from natural dyes.
Girls weave the fine mats from pandanus to shyow their best work and it even used to be used for their dowry. Then some green leaf belts and head gear are made jsut for the one day. And of course the leis of fresh flowers, so fragrant and delicate. All the expensive perfumes are just trying to put such fresh natural fragrances into a  bottle, but you can hardly beat mother nature.
 It is so beautiful to see it still today for special occasions. I hope the fa'a Samoa goes forever!
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