Showing posts with label pareo. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The History and Origin of Sarongs

A sarong is a piece of fabric that is worn by men and women on the bottom half of the body. While the Scottish people wear kilts, many Asian regions wear sarongs. Even still, the sarong is a popular garment that is worn by many people in any different counties in a variety of ways. The sarong has a long history in the world, and its presence is one seen and felt. Sarongs have been worn for over 500 years now, and it seems that its popularity is only getting better by the day.

While men usually wear them only for religious purposes and special occasions, the same is not true for women. The term "sarong" comes from Indonesia. The Malay language from Malaysia, Indonesia to be more exact, is actually where the term comes from. The sarong is worn for religious purposes, as a fashion statement, and sometimes for other reasons not listed. The traditional sarong is created using a process known as Batik. It is this process that provides the astonishing overall look of the sarong. This look varies from a checkered pattern to circles or a multiple-prism of colors in various shapes and sizes.

Wearing a Sarong around the World

For example, in the United States, the sarong is popularly worn by women as a swimsuit cover-up. These sarongs come in various styles, designs, and colors, and are certainly head-turning pieces. Typically this type of sarong is very colorful and lightweight, and may even feature emblems or other stylish additions. They are not, however, similar in style to the traditional sarong. A traditional sarong is usually darker toned and may have a checkered or another type of pattern on it. The sarongs made for special occasions usually feature these additional emblems and rhinestones to add charm and appeal.

The Indonesian natives would use a technique to dye their sarongs called batik. This technique used to hand-dye fabrics with the use of wax and dye repellent is one that takes time and devotion, but the ultimate result being a beautiful sarong.  Wherever the wax was placed on the fabric, that piece of material would not absorb the dye. It is similar to the way that we put blue masking tape on a wall when we are painting stripes. The paint goes all over the wall, except where we put the tape. It is a pretty interesting process to say the least. Once his process was complete, the Batik sarong was the result. The sarong is very colorful and takes on different patterns. The sarongs worn by men are different in style than those worn by women.

Sarongs are also worn in many other ways in addition to a swimsuit cover-up. Sarongs make beautiful dresses, scarves, turbans, and tops, and sometimes they’re used to decorate different furnishings around the house.  A sarong makes a beautiful fabric cover for a chair, and that is just one of the many possibilities for the sarong. With a bit of creativity, the many uses of the sarong are endless. It is beautiful enough that you want to use it in a multitude of ways. Since the color combinations and designs are endless, you never have the same look twice, which allows you to create a unique look wherever you go.

Sarongs are quite comfortable to wear, especially if you live in a hot or humid climate because they let a breeze in. They are so comfortable, lightweight, and easy to wear that they are worn in Indonesia, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Asia and other parts of the world where the temperatures are sometimes very hot and humid. It is the heat, perhaps, that originally started the idea and later the popularity of the sarong. It is for these reasons that the sarong has become such a popular garment adored in all regions of the world.

What is interesting to know is that the sarong is not called a sarong in all parts of the world. If you’ve been reading this thinking that it sounded familiar, but the name didn’t sit right, this is probably why! For example, in Tahiti, Hawaii, and the Cook Islands, the sarong is known as a Pareo. In South Asia, the sarong is known as a Lungi or Mundu. In Africa, the sarong is called a Macawiis. No matter the name, the sarong is just as beautiful from one region to the next. 

Final Thoughts

It is easy to understand the popularity of the sarong for both men and women with the information in this article. Although the sarong originated in the Eastern World many, many years ago, it is a piece that quickly went versatile and is now enjoyed by individuals across the world. There are traditional sarongs, as well as not-so-traditional choices, giving everyone the perfect sarong to cater to their needs and tastes. 

So tell us, what's your perfect sarong? :) We'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How Do We Make Sarongs? The Embroidery Method.
Light Blue Sarong w/ Triple Embroidery
Got yourself one of our embroidered sarongs? What is embroidery anyway? If don't know by now, this artistry skill requires a lot of dedication and patience.
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Embroidered Sarong
A needle and thread is used to stitch and create the pattern designs onto a piece of sarong cloth. These days the art of embroidering are also used to incorporate other materials onto a fabric such as pearls, sequins, beads and more. In other words, it is an art that combines decorative designs onto textile.
This handicraft has been dated for centuries and perceived as a rich cultural technique for fashion in many different countries.  'Before computers were affordable, most embroidery was completed by "punching" designs on paper tape that then ran through a mechanical embroidery machine. One error could ruin an entire design, forcing the creator to start over' (Wikipedia). However, these days people are moving towards digitized stitch work where industrial machines equipped with a smart software are used to substitute hand embroidering to speed up production.
Here at 1 World Sarongs, we take pride in valuing the artists and their traditional ways of Sarong making and we support the locals when it comes to Indonesian artisan skills.
During our team research on the field, we got to learn the process of embroidery for Batik clothing and sarongs using a sewing machine. For a big piece of cloth in the size of a sarong, the art maker is like 'drawing' with a needle and thread in free motion style to create designs on to the material, basically using a sewing machine to free hand draw and fill in a design.With all the precision and time invested on each sarong, the more detailed the design, the more time consuming it gets.
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This intricate handicraft coupled with skillful needlework creates a very attractive sarong with embroidery patterns, giving that added beauty and elegance when worn.
White Sarong w/ Triple Embroidery
So tell us, what do you think about embroidered Sarongs?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Tropical Christmas Gift Ideas

Ho, ho, ho! It's that time of the year again to get festive and shop for your loved ones, are you cracking your head on yet another year of Christmas shopping list?

When it comes to beach fashion apparel, there’s no such thing as abundance especially when you get to gear up for your next holiday getaway. Be it for Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, lover or friends, get tropical with this year's X'mas presents and here are our top suggestions for you:

1) Merry Sarongs
Bora Bora Floral Sarong in Lime Green
Embroidered Tie Dye Sarong in Red/Green
Embroidered Tie Dye Mens Sarong "Dark Green"
Abstract Top Quality Sarong in Red
Abstract Leaf Sarong in Green
We all know that the color red and green reminds us of that warm and loving Christmas season. Take your pick between our collection of red sarong or green sarong. These one piece fabrics are cool and practical because they are not only used for fashion style (dress,top,head wrap,skirt,etc) but also for home decoration (table cloth, blanket, curtain,etc)! PS: Don’t let the boys feel left out, do check out our men’s sarong collection.

2) Dresses for the Sun (and Moon?)
Womens Lined Long Dress - Halter - Bamboo White
Tropical Summer Sundress with Hand Painted Batik
Womens Hot Pink Long V-Neck Dress with Floral Design
Green Womens Sundress With Hand Painted Orchid Design
A reliable and comfortable dress is every woman’s need, wear it casually during the day or get fancy at night. Pick your favorite design from our dress collection and make sure your present is a right fit by referring to our size chart measurements!

3) Small and Meaningful Jewelry
Abstract Painted Wood Bangle in Burgundy
Beaded Ring in Mixed
Triple Bead String Necklace with Triple Round Wooden Pendant in White
They say that accessorizing is a way of expressing one's individuality and this is very true in the world of fashion. If you're thinking to get economical with little gifts, browse through our jewelry collection of earrings, necklaces, bangles, belts, rings, bracelet and more. And if you’re considering to get something unique, check out our Sarong ties.

4) Sparkle with Scarfs
Scarves with Gold Thread
Two Toned Silky Scarf in Blue
Elegant Silky Scarf in Purple
Solid Colored Gauze Scarves
Our all time favorite choice for both men or women because you can rarely go wrong with it! Be it for a cold winter or to jazz up your style, scarfs or shawls are probably one of the most traditional gifts that has been given for generations.

5) Mambo in a Poncho
Abstract Tiki Tunic Poncho Cover-Up with V-Neck in Browns
Purple Embroidered Tunic Poncho Cover-Up
Who says that ponchos can’t be cool? These babies are super comfy for everyday use and we're convinced that anyone who wears this would feel happy. Find something else that you might like from our beach cover up collection.

Be it at the beach or in the city, we hope that you have an amazing holiday season! Have fun shopping and don't forget to enjoy our Christmas Sale while you're at it!


1 World Sarongs Team