Early traditional wedding ceremony, Samoa // Samoans and Tongan culture still dress very traditionally when it comes to ceremonies. I mixture of textures and layers around the waist creates a visually dynamic silhouette. This way of presenting the body is definitely helps to form the foundation for future designs
Samoan female ceremonial dancer, taken by Thomas Andrew during the 1890s. The costume worn by this woman are only worn by women who are called Taupou (queen) or a female from a particular family whose role it is to dance at a ceremony. Not everone wears the headpiece which is called a tuiga.
Lauaki Namulauulu Mamoe and his family Lauaki Namulauulu Mamoe, his wife Sivaotele (?) and his daughters. Lauaki became leader of the Mau, a resistance movement in Samoa. In 1909 he was arrested and exiled to Saipan. This photograph was probably taken on the german ship that brought him to exile. He never saw Samoa again. (former wrong caption: King Mata'afa Iosefa (1832-1912), his wife Talala (Kalala) and his daughters in traditional costumes. Samoa ca. 1900. )