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French Polynesian (Tahitian) Clothing
Transcript of French Polynesian (Tahitian) Clothing
Tahiti is the largest of the society islands in the French Polynesia.
Society Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific ocean.
By Bailey Kachenmeister and Claire Franco
In a traditional Tahitian wedding, the bride will dress in either a coconut shell top and a pareus tied around the hips, or a pareus tied in halter style. The pareus is typically white.
The groom is often bare chested and also wears a white pareus. A traditional Tahitian tattoo is painted on his arm or shoulder.
Both the bride and groom wear floral leis and crowns. These symbolize harmony.
Tahitian dancers wear weighted hip belts, they make the dancers hips look bigger then what they really are, and improves core strength, endurance and balance.
Most dances performed portray a symbol of life in some way or another.
If not portraying a symbol of life, the dance may challenge an enemy, seduce a mate, flirt or just dancing for joy.
The Tahitian dancers wear anything from grass skirts to the same style pareus as brides. They also wear giant feathered head dresses or floral crowns.
Tahitians are known for their pearls. They wear them in earings, necklaces, rings and bracelets.
The legend says that Oro, the god of peace and eternity, offered the pearl oyster to the beautiful princess of Bora Bora as a sign of his eternal love.
Tahitian Pearls = Eternal
The origin of the English word 'tattoo' comes from the Tahitian word 'tatau'.
In Tahiti ancient times, the tattoo symbolized one's rank in society. It was a sign of strength and wealth.
Warriors and chiefs generally had the most elaborate tattoos.
Though men weren't the only ones who were allowed to get tattoos, women got tattoos also. Mostly women's tattoos indicated the maturity of a girls sexuality-or puberty.
Tahitian tattoos are also a big accessory to the Tahitian lifestyle.
Most Tahitian adults have at least one tattoo, whether a sleeve, on the chest, or even on their face, Tahitians love their tattoos.
The design of their tattoos can be anything from feathers and flowers to zigzags and suns.
The Everyday Tahitian
Tahitians dress fairly tropical. Probably because they live on a hot, tropical island.
Weighted Hip Belts
We also used google images
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