We're Kauai-bound, so it's time to put away the mittens and boots in favor of sandals and sarongs. In fact, sarongs, or pareos, are the subject of today's post. What is the difference between the two? According to Shaka Time Hawaii:
A sarong is a piece of fabric usually between 4-5 foot in length that is worn as a loose fitting skirt or dress. The name sarong comes from the Malay word “sarung” meaning sheath or covering. These fabrics are often dyed in rich colors and were traditionally made with batik fabric.
The Pareo on the other hand was developed in Tahiti and adapted to Western fabric when it was introduced by European explorers in the 1700. In Hawaii, the names are often interchangeable. The modern day fabrics are often colorful vibrant and detailed with floral or some other type of tropical print representing the island lifestyle. Fabrics can be sheer or heavier depending on style.
Any 4 or 5-yard swath of such fabric is indispensable, no matter the season. A pareo fits the MmPorium number one rule of travel wear, that of versatility. My pareo will undoubtedly be called to serve at minimum quadruple duty: skirt, dress, shawl and beach cover-up. I have been known to employ them alternatively as picnic blankets and turbans. For the fastidious among you, I suggest packing two. They are light-weight and cheerful, washable and wonderful.
When venturing out, remember. Pack a pareo - your picnic mates will be glad you did.