It’s a feeling you get every warm spring, summer and fall day – time to let loose and dress for the warm weather. Whether you are waiting for that perfect wave to hit the shore, building a new masterpiece in the sand, taking a lazy walk on the beach, or just kicking back with a cool refreshing drink, there’s always time to change into something a little more comfortable and casual… a pareo. Now that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other uses, but those are some of the more common.
If you are at any Polynesian event, you are bound to find pareos whether they are being worn by festive dancers or being sold by local vendors. They are an essential in the Polynesian world. They may have different names – pareo or pareu (Tahiti and French Polynesia), kikepa (Hawaii), sarong (India), lava lava (Samoa), sulu (Fiji), and wraparound (USA) but they all share the standard shape and purpose.
Pareos are usually handmade, hand dyed or printed using natural and cultural motifs. They come in a variety of fabrics and colors. If you are looking for one, always check to see what kind of fabric the pareo is made from when you are shopping. Rayon fabric is fast becoming the favorite of dancers as it “flows” and “hugs” much better than cotton. But cotton “breathes” the best, is quick to dry and easy to take care of. It used to be that the polyester/cotton versions were the most popular but that was because it was the easiest fabric handicrafter could obtain. Today, with so many choices in fabric available, rayon and cotton are leading the way in the pareo fashion lines.
We offer both rayon and cotton lines and are always working to improve and expand the lines. Check them out here at our website – Black Pearl Designs »
In the meantime, here is our video that demonstrates several ways to tie your pareo. Our models walk through step-by-step each tying style. The styles all use the standard 72″ x 44″ size. But that doesn’t mean a fit for all. We also offer our Mahana Nui Pareo (plus size) 90″x44″ as well and a Mahana Mini Pareo 60″x22″ as well for minimal coverup. All in all it’s your personal preference and style that dictate how you tie your pareo. Let’s get started.