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Lavalava (Cloth) of the Rei Metau

Carmen C. H. Petrosian-Husa

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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The Rei Metau (People of the Open Sea) live on the Outer Islands of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, and they are therefore known as Outer Islanders. About four thousand people inhabit nine small atolls, which together make up no more than about seven square miles (about eighteen square kilometers). They understand themselves as one ethnic group, speak the same language, and live under the authority of their island’s chiefs and of one paramount chief. Lavalava are their national dress a

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