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Exotic Sarongs

Thursday, 01 January 2009

exotic sarongsSarong is the tight-fitting outfit and is the article of clothing for the body worn predominantly by people in Malay. «Sarung» as it is spelled in Malay is usually a large sheet of material wrapped around the waist by both men and women and worn as a skirt, as it is practiced throughout much of south Asia and Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and on many Pacific islands. Sarongs are also used as wall hangings and other forms of clothing, such as shawls, baby carriers, entire dresses or upper body clothing.

Traditionally people wear sarongs around the waist and till the ankles and tie by putting the loose ends together. Sometimes women tie sarongs around the breasts as well fixing the end of the sarong. The way of tying the sarong differs from the nation to nation but in most cases sarongs protect the skin from the sun and allow air in hot climate countries. Below you will find more tips on Hawaiian sarongs and size sarongs.

Sarong is usually made from colorful cotton cloth and Java and Bali natives have it made from batik. The design of these skirts includes illustration of animals and plants. Geometric or checkered patterns are often used in making sarongs. The typical sarong is approximately two and half feet and the width is about a yard. Just in the middle of the sarong there is an area of the bright and intensive color pattern woven or dyed to be the contrast spot of the sarong. In other words this area is named as «kepala» or «head» of the skirt. The cone-shaped edges are sewn which allows the attire a tubular look.

Sarongs are different from men to men and from region to region. For instance, in Malaysia men wore sarong with patterns in the form of checks while women wore sarongs with more frivolous patterns, such as flowers. And definitely sarongs for women are brighter and contrast in color as compared with the sarong for men.

The skill to tie sarongs

According to different nations a sarong is tied or worn in particular ways if you are a man versus if you are a woman. Thus, when you wear sarongs in your trip, you might wish to check with local customs not to confuse. But the most popular and traditional way is a tubular styled sarong. And nobody could say that you have your sarong wrongly tied since you do it a way you like and see it. You might want to wear them as a skirt, as in most cases they do, as dresses, a top for women. Also you may use them as headbands, hatbands, and shawl for cooler seasons or just for fashion, as a scarf. Moreover, some nations use sarongs also as a wide napkin, as a cover for furniture items, for any other purposes you like. It is only up to your fantasy.

Here are some hints how to tie your sarong on your waist.

1) Enfold your sarong around your waist.

2) Hold both sides out in front of you; to whichever side you would like your knot.

3) Fold up the right side away from your body folding to the outside to your desired width.

(Folding the sarong away from your body before grabbing it to tie, will reduce the weight of the sarong)

4) Grasp the section you just folded, making a «Dog Ear» with your fist. Repeat the same with the left side.

5) After you have both "Dog Ears" in your fists, just tie them at your waist, adjusting to your body and desired height.

6) After you have tied your sarong, fluff out the fringe, so that it lies nicely.

And your look is very attractive!

Sarong knots are made just for the comfort of the wearers. The knots help to fasten and keep the textile in the place where it is fixed. When you tie your sarong properly you do not have to use additional knots or pins to fasten it. And even the newcomer is able to tie a sarong since it is very easy.  The native people and even non-residents find it comfortable to use coconut shell sarong knots. Also you can have available any shapes of sarong made from coconut shells. Sarong ties from nacre, sea shells and wood are also available for your pleasure.

As for the Hawaiian sarong it is traditionally called as «pareo». The pareo itself as a clothing item dated back from Tahitians who let this to get fashionable. And till now in up-to-date sarong style and design we can trace some traditional Tahiti designs and patterns. In the early 40s sarong got very popular as a beach item for ladies. And twenty years later it attained its second wind for ladies as their summer as well as beach item.

Vivacious sarongs for a variety of purposes are fashionable in the Hawaiian Islands and are used by anyone who wants to wear them. This item can be decorated in the way depending on whether it is a skirt or a dress.  And as we said earlier such sarongs are fastened with a range of knots.

If you are a person with unusual and modern looks you can consider wearing sarongs instead of wedding ensemble if you intend to have a wedding outdoors not in the premises. A wedding dress is standard and looks similarly at each wedding but as for sarongs you can look very lively and extraordinary if you wear it at your wedding.  There are a wide range of wedding sarongs and you can have it to your taste, desire and possibilities, from a simple one to the trendy ones. The most commonly available wedding sarongs are as follow:

1) Casual sarong from artificial silk

2) Caribbean wedding Collection available in 2 and 3 pieces - sarong skirts and strapless scarf tops

3) Satin strapless bodices for brides with knots or fastens and sarong gown fashion skirt - with hand sewn pearl beads and glitters

4) Trendy sarongs in georgette with beautiful decorative elements

You buy them available in the market or you can order them by catalogues, all to your choice. Apart from white color for the wedding, now brides choose such colors as ivory, beige and champagne for their wedding sarongs. They are typically handmade by masters and you are welcome to choose both design and shape and still, you will stay unique.

Wrap the sarong around your back, over your chest.

Twist the ends once and tie around your neck.

Eliminate the twist and create another style.

Drape it around your body and secure it around your bust.

As for batik sarongs primarily only people from high society wore them. Typically such sarongs had stunning and unusual prints thereon. The population of the Southeast Asian countries like wearing such sarongs since they are wax-resist and are of lively colors. And the color particularly made this kind of sarongs popular with the Westerners as well.

Most of all, when ladies wear batik sarongs as skirts over a backless dresses they look very pretty and original. Some people use batik sarongs as decorative wall hangings due to their rich and contrast colors and prints. They are handmade which is their unique feature and they are not to be compared with other textile in colors and prints, since craftsmen contributed much time and efforts to create it.

Also, weighty people need not to worry about choosing proper size and hiding their unattractive parts of their bodies; they can choose plus-size sarongs made to the disposal of such people. Plus-size sarongs can help protect the skin from unnecessary and too much sun exposure.

So, if you choose a sarong of any shape, design with different color and patterns, just bear in mind that you will look splendid and unique.

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