A lavalava is like a sarong. It's just a simple piece of cloth - always 3 yards long. It is used as clothing, primarily, but is also handy as a blanket for when it gets chilly, to wrap and carry bowls of food, to wrap up laundry and a hundred other uses.
I bought some of these for my friends as well. I think they are the most beautiful and unique that I've seen in my two years here. Plain white fabric is died in layers with different colors of ink, using a carved wooden boards to create the patterns.
|The woman on the left makes the lavalavas. Here's she was in the process of putting the first layer of color on. She has a lot of family in the USA and hopes to visit one day.|
|Some of the finished products hanging up for sale.|
|Is there anything more beautiful than a Samoan teine?|