The choice of fabric here puts any mainland fabric store to shame; with patterns and fabrics ranging from overtly island with breadfruit leaves and hibiscus flowers to more demure, feminine chiffons there really is a little bit of everything.
I am personally not super fond of the traditional puletasis (it's just too hot), so what my friends and I typically do is spend way too much time g-chatting and sending links back and forth from pinterest, forever 21, anthropologie and piperlime in order to gather ideas of what we would like made next. Ideally we print out a picture, go in search of fabric then hit the sew shop. Enjoy the photo tour:
Step 1: Find a style
Coral Shorts From cupcakesandcashmere.comStep 2: Fabric Store(s)
Tutuila Store, Tafuna
Step 3: Sew Shop
Photo From: Fellows Blog: Kiva
Step 4: Enjoy
Regardless of personal opinion on the ethics of custom-made clothing, it is insanely inexpensive here-about $30 depending on price of fabric/yard. Honestly, many of the seamstresses and tailors (who are Filipino) experience better working conditions than their counterparts working in other countries for giant retailers. I'm not saying I don't buy products made in China, Cambodia or the like because I totally do; I'm just saying this is what's done on Tutuilla....When is Rome Fa'a Samoa.