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 20, 2011

Posted by Sydney

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Because this garment is made out of grass, which may be uncomfortable or irritable, most would want to wear some form of undergarment (both bra and underwear) for protection and comfort purposes. Similar garments exist today in North America (obviously made out of synthetic materials), where they are see-through and have a sort of netting effect. Under modern garments one would most likely wear a bandeau.

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