Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Beautiful Dancers, Great Festival and Rainbow"

"Aloooooha!!!" is Leilani's greeting to the audience...the audience replies "Aloooooha"!!!! back and then the beautiful ladies start dancing to the sweet sounds of the South Pacific at the Irvine Global Village Festival. Wathcing Leilani and her halau or dance group (Halau Hula Ka Lehua O Ka La'Akea and Aloha Polynesian Dancers) perform, was like being transported back 100 years and waking up to a soft breeze on Oahu or something. Hawaii comes to Irvine, California.

It was great. You always know when you're enjoying yourself because the time goes by so fast and without effort.

It was funny watching the kids too! They were so cute trying to copy the dancers.

All and all what a fun time and we even had a rainbow to start us off!

Check out the pictures of Angel doing a Tahitian Poi Ball Dance with our very own White Tattoo Sarong / Pareo ;-) Leilani and her halau are regular customers of 1 World Sarongs and we're excited to see her group grow.

For more pics click here Polynesian Dancers in Irvine

Watch the video too...a picture is worth a thousand what is a video worth? (Please excuse shaky camera...forgot the tripod) :-)


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fabric Types and Content

If you're like us, you like to know what your fabric is made of and where it comes from...

Here's a list of all the different types of fabrics and their compositions.

Fabric Content Glossary:


A synthetic fiber with a soft wool-like hand. It is machine washable, dries quickly and is often wrinkle resistant.


The hair of the Angora goat, also known as angora mohair. Angora may also refer to the fur of the Angora rabbit. The FTC requires any clothing containing Angora rabbit hair to be labeled as such on each garment.


A soft fabric consisting of silk and cotton, silk and wool or all wool, woven with top-quality two-ply yarns.

A lightweight, plain-weave fabric, semi-sheer and usually made of cotton or cotton blends.


A lengthwise ribbed weave that resembles corduroy. Fibers may be wool, worsted, cotton, silk and rayon.


A blend of polyester, rayon and spandex that is woven in a way that allows the fabric to stretch in both a horizontal and vertical direction (referred to as two-way stretch). It has non-clingy properties, is soft next to the skin and is machine washable.


A plain-weave, tightly woven fabric that is characterized by a slight ridge effect in one direction, usually the filling. The most common broadcloth is made from cotton or cotton/polyester blends.


A heavy, exquisite jacquard-type fabric with an all-over floral design or raised pattern.


A strong, durable, closely woven cotton fabric often used for raincoats, handbags and boots.


A luxury natural fiber with a very soft hand found from the soft fleecy undergrowth of the Kashmir goat, found in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Iraq, Iran and India. It is most commonly used in sweaters, shawls, suits and outerwear.


A plain woven fabric that incorporates a colored warp (often blue) and white filling yarns. It can be made from cotton, silk or manufactured fibers but is most commonly cotton.


The trade name of silk and silk-like fabrics that are characterized by a shiny, soft, satin-like appearance.


A fabric whose name comes from the French word for "caterpillar," characterized by soft, fuzzy yarns standing out around a velvety cord.


A soft silk that is a plain woven, lightweight and sheer fabric containing highly twisted filaments of yard. The fabric is used for scarves and evening gowns but can also be made from rayon and other synthetic fibers.


A printed and glazed cotton fabric usually of bright colors.


A natural fiber that grows in the seed pod of the cotton plant. Fibers are typically half an inch to two inches long. The longest staple fibers, such as the Pima and Egyptian cottons, which have staple fibers longer than one and a half inches, generate the highest quality cotton fabrics.

Cotton Gauze

A lightweight and comfortable fabric that is sheer and open with a plain weave.

Cotton Poplin

A lightweight and durable cotton with a plain weave that has a texture similar to canvas. Also known as cotton broadcloth.

Cotton Voile

A type of cotton created with high-twist yarns in a high yarn-count construction. It is crisp, is lightweight and has a semi-transparent plain weave; it is similar in appearance to organdy and organza.

Combed Cotton

A fabric with a silk-like hand.


The DuPont trademark for polyester. A specific process at the fiber-making stage helps wick away moisture from the body, keeping it cool and comfortable.


A medium to heavyweight fabric, usually made of cotton or a cotton blend, utilizing a cut-pile weave construction. Most commonly used for jackets, pants and skirts.


A fabric with a crinkly, crimped or grained surface. It is used to describe all kinds of fabrics—wool, cotton, silk, rayon, synthetics and blend.

Crepe de Chine

A high-quality, lightweight crepe generally made of silk.

Crinkle Silk

Silk that is chemically treated or mechanically altered to give it a crinkled or pleated effect. (Also known as plissé—pronounced plee-say.)

Cross-dyed Linen

A type of linen with vivid, two-dimensional color. The cross-dyed effect is created when two (one colored and one white) strands of linen are "crossed" in opposite directions during the weaving process.


Fabric with floral or geometric prints that has been woven on a jacquard loom. A damask pattern is flat and reversible. It is similar to brocade but has a flatter surface texture.


A twill-weave cotton-like fabric made with different colored yarns in the warp and the weft. The twill construction allows for one color to dominate on the surface of the fabric.


A plain-weave silk that is characterized by irregular-sized, thick fibers that are spread out at intervals throughout the fabric. Dupioni is similar to Shantung.

Duchess Satin

Commonly used for wedding and formal gowns, this fabric is a heavy, shiny, rich-looking satin weave fabric.


A glossy, soft, finely ribbed, silk-like woven fabric made from cotton, silk or manufactured fibers. Traditionally used for women's dresses, suits and coats.

Faille Crepe

A dressy, double-faced fabric made with high-twist poly crepe yarns.

Faux Fur

Artificial fur made from synthetic material.


A non-woven fabric made from wool, hair or fur, and sometimes in combination with certain manufactured fibers, where the fibers are locked together in a process utilizing heat, moisture and pressure to form a compact material.


A fabric made in tightly woven twill or a plain weave that is warm, soft and finished with a light napping.


A synthetic knit fabric that has pile on one or both sides.


A lightweight, lustrous twill fabric, usually with a small, repeating printed design. Originally imported from India, it is popular for neckties and scarves.

French Terry

A circular knit fabric with a looped pile back and smooth face.


A fabric with a slight diagonal line on the right side. It is tightly woven, twilled and worsted. Wool gabardine is known as a year-round fabric for business suiting.


A thin, sheer plain-weave fabric made from cotton, wool, silk, rayon or other synthetic fibers.


A sheer, lightweight plain-weave fabric with a fine crepe surface, often made of silk or from such synthetic fibers as polyester.


A medium-weight, yarn-dyed, plain-weave fabric with a plaid or check pattern made of pure or blended cotton.

Gossamer Rayon

This high-quality, semi-sheer, ultra-light rayon with a crinkly texture originates from Japan. A heat process is used to set the crinkles into this fabric. Washable unless otherwise noted.


A loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or wool.

Interlock Knit

A type of cut and sewn knit fabric characterized by the interconnecting of the knit stitches. It usually has stretch across the grain.

Iridescent Silk

A silk fabric that changes color as it is moved in the light. This effect is created by weaving together different colors.

Jersey Fabric

Fabric created by consistently interlooping yarns in the jersey stitch to produce a smooth, flat face and a more textured but uniform back.


Fabric made from only one set of yarns, all running in the same direction. Some knits have their yarns running along the length of the fabric, while others have their yarns running across the width of the fabric. Knit fabrics are held together by looping the yarns around each other. Knitting creates ridges in the resulting fabric. Wales are the ridges that run lengthwise in the fabric; courses run crosswise.


A fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen fabrics are much stronger than cottons and are very cool and absorbent. Linen wrinkles very easily, unless blended with synthetic fabrics.


The DuPont trademark for its spandex fiber. Any time you see this fiber listed on a label, expect comfort, movement and shape retention that won't wash away.


A synthetic fiber with a similar hand and drape to rayon made of regenerated cellulose (plant fiber). Lyocell is stronger and more durable than Rayon, however, and takes color well. Additionally, it is fairly wrinkle-resistant and absorbs moisture well.


Imported from India, a lightweight, plain-weave, cotton fabric that has a striped, plaid or checked pattern. It is often used for shirts and dresses.

Matte Jersey

Dull, flat knit fabric made of high-quality crepe yarn.

Merino Wool

A type of high-quality wool that is made from the fleece of purebred merino sheep. It is strong, is elastic and takes dye well.


A woven, knit, lace or crocheted fabric characterized by its net-like open appearance and the spaces between the yarns.


An extremely lightweight and soft synthetic knit fabric that has pile on one or both sides.


Hair fibers from the Angora goat. Often used for sweaters, coats, suits and scarves.


A leather with a soft, velvety surface. This type of surface is created by buffing and brushing. Nubuck is produced using the grain (outer) side, which gives it added strength and durability.


A synthetic fiber which is fast drying, strong, elastic and washable. It is known for its strength and resilience. Nylon has superior abrasion resistance and high flexibility.


A crisp, sheer, lightweight plain-weave fabric with a medium to high yarn count made of silk, rayon, nylon or polyester. Used primarily in evening and wedding gowns.


A tightly woven, plain-weave, ribbed fabric with a hard, slightly lustered surface. Often used in coats, suits, dresses, upholstery and draperies.


A fine, soft, lightweight cotton woven or blended with manufactured fibers in a two-by-one basket-weave variation of the plain-weave construction.


A medium-weight, plain-weave, low to medium count (180 to 250 threads per square inch) cotton-like fabric. Can be used in sheets, blouses and dresses.

Pima Cotton

A soft, high-quality and medium staple-length type of American-bred Egyptian cotton.

Pinpoint Oxford

A high-quality, lightweight, soft, cotton-like fabric with small two-by-one basket-weave repeats. It has a smooth surface and is often used for shirts.


A knitted cotton fabric with a waffle (or diamond-shaped) pattern.


A very feminine, delicate-looking rib knit fabric made with a pattern of openings.


A category of synthetic fibers that are lightweight, strong, quick drying and resistant to creases, stretching, abrasion and shrinkage.


A durable, plain-weave fabric made of silk, cotton, synthetic fibers, wool or blends. It is similar to broadcloth but with a heavier rib and weight.


A synthetic fiber made from cellulose, derived from wood pulp, cotton linters or other vegetable matter, which is soft, is highly absorbent, has a lustrous appearance and has a good drape.

Ribbed Velour

A soft combination of cotton, nylon and spandex.

Rip-stop Nylon

A lightweight, wind resistant and water resistant plain-weave fabric. Often used in active sportswear and outdoor apparel.


A fabric utilizing a satin weave construction to achieve a lustrous surface. It is predominantly used for evening and wedding apparel.


A cotton fabric with permanent woven crinkled stripes. It launders well and generally does not need to be ironed.


A medium-weight, plain-weave and silk-like fabric characterized by a ribbed effect, resulting from slubbed yarns used in the warp or filling direction. (“Slub” means the yarns are uneven or nubby.) It is primarily used for dresses and is similar to Dupioni silk.


The skin and wool of a shearling (a year-old sheep that has been sheared once) or a newly sheared sheep or lamb that is removed and then tanned.


Obtained from the cocoons of certain species of caterpillars. Known as one of the finest textiles, silk is strong, soft and absorbent and has a brilliant sheen.

Soft-ribbed Cotton

A fine-ribbed cotton knit using altering wales.


A manufactured elastomeric fiber that can be repeatedly stretched over 500% without breaking and will still return to its original shape. Lycra® is the name for DuPont-brand spandex.


Leather that has been buffed with an emery wheel on the flesh side to raise a slight nap. It usually has a good drape and soft hand.


A lustrous, medium-weight, plain-weave fabric with a slight ribbed appearance in the filling (crosswise) direction. Often used for formal wear.


A soft yet durable nylon fiber trademarked by DuPont. It is extremely easy to wash, allows the skin to breathe and easily regains its shape. Primarily used for active sportswear.


A woven fabric, usually cotton, with loop pile on one or both sides.

Tissue Linen

Thin, sheer, lightweight linen often used for blouses.


A light- or medium-weight, plain-weave, fine and cotton-type fabric, usually with one colored, printed scenic design. Used primarily for home furnishings and clothing.


A lightweight, extremely fine, machine-made netting, usually with a hexagon-shaped mesh effect. Often used on gowns and veils.


A medium- to heavyweight woolen, twill-weave fabric that is characterized by colored stubby yarns. Often used for coats and suits.


Fabric that shows a distinct diagonal wale on the face (e.g., denim, gabardine, tricotine).


A medium-weight, soft, plush, closely woven fabric with a thick pile. It can be made using either a plain-weave or a satin-weave construction.


A medium-weight, luxurious, cut-pile constructed fabric in which the cut pile stands up very straight. It has a rich and soft texture.


A cotton cut-pile weave fabric, utilizing extra fill yarn construction, with either a twill- or a plain-weave back. It lacks the sheen and drape of velvet. Often used for jackets, pants and shirts.


A manufactured fiber made of regenerated cellulose. It is soft and absorbent and has a good drape.


A lightweight, sheer fabric with a crisp, wiry hand. Voile can be made of cotton, silk, rayon or acetate.


Fiber or fabric made from the fleece of sheep or lambs. However, the term "wool" can also apply to all animal hairs, including cashmere and angora, alpaca, vicuna, llama and camel.

Garment Care Symbols

Ever wonder what all those crazy symbols are on clothing labels? Well here they are all explained in a downloadable PDF:

Or you can see it online at:

That's a great website for all things textile.

Hope you find it useful!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

1 World Sarongs - Fair Wages - Vitcoria Secrets - Macy's and more!

We often get the question..."Are your sarongs and clothes and items fair trade products?" Yes, they are! We can say this with confidence. We have very close relationships with our suppliers and pay them fair wages. Our sarongs and other items are sourced from suppliers we've been doing business with for years and have very good ties with us. Our philosophy, it's better to pay more to get a lot more in quality and good will and better production over all has served our staff and our suppliers well. This philosophy of taking care of our employees and suppliers has helped us grow and expand our line of sarongs to clothing and jewelry and more.

Victoria’s Secret, The GAP, Macy's etc. can't say the same thing:

This is an article from CNN dated July 23rd 2008:

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Employees were underpaid millions of dollars and worked under sweatshop conditions at a New York factory that made garments for major retailers including Macy's and The Gap, the state Department of Labor said Wednesday.

Jin Shun -- which also made garments for Banana Republic, Express, Victoria's Secret, The Limited and Coldwater Creek -- underpaid about 100 employees by more than $3 million since 2005 and coached them to lie to investigators about their working conditions, the department said.

Before 2005, the factory -- then operating under the name Venture 47 -- underpaid its workforce by $2.5 million, according to the department.

The department cited the company for allegedly falsifying employee time records and violating wage laws.

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"This factory paid sweatshop wages, kept fake records and coached employees to lie even though it had signed retailer codes of conduct to comply with the law," Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith said.

The company gave employees a "cheat sheet" of answers they were to memorize and use if they were questioned by labor investigators, she said.

Smith said one woman worked at the factory for 60 to 70 hours per week and was paid 22 cents per garment or 40 cents for more complicated pieces.

The employee was instructed to keep two time cards per week -- one starting on Monday and the second starting on Wednesday -- so that neither would document more than 40 hours, Smith said.

When labor investigators asked for time records, they were given only one set of cards per employee, the department said.

Wednesday morning, the Labor Department tagged more than 10,000 items made by the factory with notices reading: "Legal wages have not been paid for the manufacture of this garment."

Within hours, the department said, Urban Apparel, the manufacturer that hired Jin Shun, paid $60,000 to have the tags removed.

Macy's, Gap Inc. (parent company of The Gap and Banana Republic), Limited Brands (parent company of Victoria's Secret and Express) and Coldwater Creek said in separate statements that they take the matter seriously and have strict policies and guidelines about fair working conditions with their suppliers.

Neither Gap Inc. nor Coldwater Creek currently had production in the factory.

A spokesman for Limited Brands told New York's Newsday that it had "zero tolerance" for vendors that violate labor standards."

So even in this day and age and even in America, we still are dealing with corporate greed and big companies pushing around hard working people and not paying fair wages.

It's a shame and another incident of bad moral character for the executives at these big corporations.

Let's keep this in mind next time we go shopping. Do we really want to buy products made by people in sweat shops? Yes, the cost of the garment is a lot cheaper (sometimes not), but if we buy the cheap stuff we end up abusing the people who make the clothes. So do your best by supporting smaller retailers and companies that insist on fair trade.



P.S. See this link for more info on sweat shops:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

How to Care for a Sarong - 5 Easy Steps

How to care for your sarongs is a question we hear quite often.

So, I asked Nancy J., who is one of our long time 1 World Sarongs customers (8 years) and has bought literally hundreds if not thousands of sarongs from us and therefore an expert in caring for sarongs. Nancy turns our sarongs into beautiful outfits. She's an independent seamstress / fashion designer who creates marvelous caftans / ponchos from our sarongs to sell to specialty boutiques in New Mexico.

Nancy called to place an order the other day(knowing we're getting our delivery and to get first dibs), as she does every few months, so I figured this was the perfect time to pick her brain and ask about how she cares for her sarongs.

So here's what she said:

  1. Unfold your sarong and shake it out a little
  2. Load into your washer machine (Nancy does up to eight sarongs at a time)
  3. Set your washer to cold water rinse - with medium water level
  4. When washer is finished take sarongs and shake out a little and separate them
  5. Load into dryer with a fabric softener - delicate setting - for 30 minutes
  6. After 30 minutes clean the lint filter and then run dryer for another 10 minutes
  7. Take sarongs out of dryer and spread them out on a bed or flat surface (Nancy folds them in half)
  8. Then run your hands over them to get any wrinkles out

Make sure to take your sarongs out of the dryer right away so they don't wrinkle.

If you do decide to iron your sarongs make sure you set your iron on a very low setting.

Note, this is for the care of rayon sarongs and of course cotton or silk or poly should be handled differently. (We'll cover those at another time)

The advantage to washing this way is the dryer will set the colors of your sarongs so you don't have to worry about the colors running.

Wasn't that simple?

Ok, you got us...that was eight steps ;-) just checking to see if your paying attention :-P

This method applies to our lovely clothing too. So just use the same methods to care for your sundresses and other items from 1 World Sarongs.

Have an idea on how to care for your sarongs / clothing?

A different method?

A better way to do it?

Why not leave us your comments or suggestions?

Hope you're having a wonderful summer,


P.S. Just found a link to an interesting site about fabric care and doing laundry:

Monday, June 30, 2008

1 World Sarongs is Finally Blogging!

That's right 1 World Sarongs "The Sarong Source" is finally web logging or blogging!

We've taken the next step in our webvolution...(web + evolution = webvolution).

We're excited that we'll be able to easily keep in touch with everyone and keep you up to date on what's going on over here. We have no shortage of stuff to blog about that's for sure!

As I write this...our next shipment is arriving from Bali to Los Angeles and should be delivered by Wednesday the 2nd of July 2008. That's great cause we're running really low on everything and need to restock right for many of our sold out items to come back in stock.

So far this year is off to a really great start with the introduction of our new clothing line at 1 World Sarongs - Clothing 2008!

Our new line includes sundresses, long dresses, skirts with matching tops, embroidered sequined satin sandals, some guys shirts and sandals and lots more!

We've had a wonderful response to our new exclusive line of clothing which includes batik patterns of hibiscus, hand drawn batik bamboo patterns and also lovely pastel colors with delicate embroidery.

Oh wow...we're going nuts just trying to keep up with it all. But we're so thrilled at the great response we're getting it's inspiring us to do more.

We have about 30 new sarongs in the pipeline too...batik sarongs, floral sarongs, cotton sarongs and much stay tuned!

Thanks to all who have supported us over the last 7 or so years (yes seven- can you believe it?), and we look forward to hearing from you soon!



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P.S.S. Here's a few of our latest testimonials...they actually make us blush...

"Sarongs are exactly as shown in pictures. Sarongs are high quality. Excellent color representation on website photos. Excellent customer service and delivery. With gas prices the way they are, it is not worth driving around looking for stores that sell sarongs, and then finding they don't have any you like, and driving more to find another store. This website is fast and convenient to use. If you don't have a trip to southeast Asia planned anytime soon then I recommend 1 WORLD SARONGS."

We have shopped at 1 World Sarongs for several years. It has the best prices, great service and the products are shipped out quickly. The quality of their dresses and sarongs are excellent. I highly recommend 1 World Sarongs."

"I absolutely LOVE 1 World Sarong!!!!! Before I make any purchases I check every merchant I can find for price, shipping, and reviews. I seriously mean EVERY merchant. Ive been online a very long time. This has become habit. I World Sarongs cannot be beat. I found a sarong on their site for under $10.00, I found the exact same sarong at another merchant for almost $150.00. Ive called their customer service and they keep my info in their computers making ordering extremely easy.... I personally have not found a better online site for sarongs. Ive placed many orders with 1 World Sarong and plan on placing more. If anyone has question about this merchant, or would like more information feel free to email me directly. Deanna Steeves"

"Everywhere I travel, people stop me and comment on what a beautiful sarong I have on & ask where I got it from and I tell them. Ive bought and received sarongs as gifts from other merchants over the years as well, but they dont compare to what you get at 1 World Sarong. The quality, the selection you get is unlike no other. Its hard to buy products online because you dont know what your getting until you get it, but 1 World Sarongs definitely delivers!!! You wont be disappointed in their products. The colors, the materials, etc.. - fantastic!!!! I wont shop for sarongs anywhere else!!"

The sarongs sold by 1 World Sarongs are the most beautiful sarongs I have ever seen!!! I already have four of them and I love them all, so difficult to choose a favorite one because they are all amazingly beautiful!! Sarongs by 1 World Sarongs are my new addiction!! I will definitely be ordering more. Customer service is excellent and very friendly. One is treated like a human being and questions are answered politely. I even got a free e-book describing the numerous ways to use sarongs. Shipping is also excellent. I pay for regular/standard shipment but my items always arrive sooner than I expect them. I also feel wonderful knowing that a percentage of my order from this company goes to charity. This company should be a model for other online companies.