AskDefine | Define lavalava

Dictionary Definition

lavalava n : a skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worm by Polynesians (especially Samoans)

Extensive Definition

A lava-lava is a kind of clothing worn by Polynesians, especially Tongans, Samoans,and Hawaiians. It is worn by both men and women, in uses from school uniforms to business attire with a suit jacket and tie. It consists of a singular rectangular cloth worn like a kilt or skirt. In English, such garments are generically called sarong, but that word is actually Malay, whereas lavalava is Samoan, being short for ʻie lavalava (cloth that wraps around). Another common name for the Polynesian variety is pāreu (usually spelt pareo), which is the Tahitian name.
A similarly simple kind of clothing is the lap-lap worn in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, which is completely open at both sides.
lavalava in German: Lava-Lava
lavalava in Chinese: Lava-lava
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