Dressing cool is a must for Fiji. And the cooler the clothing the better. But keeping in mind traditional modesty – it`s not advisable to wear something that’s too skimpy or revealing. Beachwear is fine for the beach but not for anywhere else.
So you’re faced with the classic case of what to wear! What about a sulu? For those of you unfamiliar with the term – a sulu is an article of clothing worn by people in Fiji. It is simply a rectangular piece of cloth that is kept on the body by tying a knot at the ends.
Some Asian countries call it a sarong. It`s known as a lavalava in Samoa and as a laplap in Papua New Guinea. And it`s the answer to staying cool without being too revealing.
Varying where and how the knot is tied makes the sulu a very versatile piece of clothing – appropriate for any occasion, whether it be lazing beside the pool or dressing for a night on the town. Sulu material is available in a wide variety of patterns and you’re sure to find a piece that suits.
Depending on your height, you will need between two and a half and three metres of fabric. And the range of fabrics available in shops means you can have sulus in every pattern and colour. Go for the tie and dye look or the tapa design fabric – a great souvenir.
Ready made sulus are also available and one particular type is the printed sulu. Your resort should have its own selection of printed sulus for you to choose from.
The basic unisex sulu is wrapped once around the body and secured with a knot either at the waist (for the guys) or at the bustline (for the ladies). For the beach, it`s common to see a sulu worn as the bottom and topped with a T-shirt.
Artful elegance in sulu wearing can be achieved by pulling the sulu around the waist, tying it at the back, the other half is taken up and tied around the neck in halter neck fashion.
One unique way to wear your sulu is to take the top of the material and tie the ends at the back at bustline level. Bring the rest of the material straight down the front, through the legs and tie the two ends at the waist.
There are almost as many ways to tie a sulu as there are patterns, but no matter how it`s worn, the sulu is certainly a cool piece of clothing – one which is at...