Dress

Tahitians produced clothing from local plant materials. The flexible bodice of this dress is constructed by tying long strands of grass into a net; the ends hang down to form a wavy skirt. This dress rustles against the ground with the movements of the wearer – dirt still covers the grass ends.


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What is worn underneath this type of dress, if anything?

responded: Sep 13, 2011

Posted by Nicole

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If anything was worn under this I think it would be a bra or some sort of shirt to protect against the roughness of the textile. It seems that chaffing and rashes would occur frequently without one. However, I think that there wouldn't be anything worn beneath, and rather there are other pieces that go over top of it, such as a cape and a second skirt. Many traditional dancing outfits contain multiple pieces and trying to put more pieces beneath this dress seems difficult.

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