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Topic: Making a Sulu / Lavalava / Tupenu?  (Read 5625 times)
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« on: November 21, 2007 03:01:45 PM »

Hey craftsters!

I want to make a sulu for my friend for christmas but I'm just not sure where to get started. For those of you that aren't sure what a sulu or tupenu is ( I didn't either until recently) it's a traditional (ish) garment worn in the polynesian islands instead of what dress pants. It's made out of a dress material and resembles what westerners call a skirt, which wraps around and ties on one side.

I found a few pictures here under 'tupenu':


Has anyone made one of these? Hahah, does any one know what these are?? I'm having trouble figuring out where to get started, or really how to tackle this. So if you've made one or similar, let me know!!

Much mahalo!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2007 09:18:59 AM »

Here is a link to a tut on a thai skirt, it is very similar: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57160.0
Like the thai fisherman pants only made into a skirt...

« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2007 05:23:28 PM »

I know traditional sarongs are a rectangle that fits "armpit to knee & around the body twice". I think it's safe to assume the mens version would be similar or waist to knee- the 'around the body twice' is simply the appropriate measurement for the individual, they only go once & tie.

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