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- n. An everyday item of clothing traditionally worn by Polynesians and other Oceanic peoples, consisting of a single rectangular cloth worn as a skirt, secured around the waist by an overhand knotting of the upper corners.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A printed cloth garment resembling a skirt or kilt, worn as the principle garment by both men and women in Polynesia, especialy in Samoa; called also pareu.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worn by Polynesians (especially Samoans)
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It was also why so many women wore modest ankle-length skirts and why men wore knee-length ones -- the traditional garments called lavalava -- and why tourists weren't supposed to wear shorts and swimsuits anywhere off the beach.
The weird figure of Faauma is in the room washing my windows, in a black lavalava (kilt) with a red handkerchief hanging from round her neck between her breasts; not another stitch; her hair close cropped and oiled; when she first came here she was an angelic little stripling, but she is now in full flower — or half-flower — and grows buxom.
Femme tatouee de Falalap, Ouest Carolines 1935 accurately depicts tattoos, shells, Ulithian lavalava patterns, and even windswept hair, but the face is right off the kabuki stage.
He was dressed in a dark coat and _lavalava_ and white shirt, and looked very swagger indeed.
And then how they marched up here, every man in a new black lavalava, some forty strong, to decorate the grave?
The Samoan lavalava is a wraparound "skirt" worn by Polynesian men and hardly a girlish trend.
"The clothing worn by the men and woman was nothing but the 'lavalava,'