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A photograph from the 1890s of a Samoan woman named Fanua in her wedding gown. Most is her use of local materials, but how much her dress looks like a bustle gown.

A photograph from the 1890s of a Samoan woman named Fanua in her wedding gown. Most is her use of local materials, but how much her dress looks like a bustle gown.

Sa'o tama'ita'i Fa'amu, daughter of Malietoa Laupepa. Photograph (black and white); portrait of Fa’amusami Malietoa wearing a bark cloth dress, a necklace, a flower in her hair, and holding a club, standing in front of a painted backdrop with a plant fibre umbrella beside her.

Sa'o tama'ita'i Fa'amu, daughter of Malietoa Laupepa. Photograph (black and white); portrait of Fa’amusami Malietoa wearing a bark cloth dress, a necklace, a flower in her hair, and holding a club, standing in front of a painted backdrop with a plant fibre umbrella beside her.

Samoan woman Faatulia, wife of Seumanutafa. UD Library: George Handy Bates Samoan Papers: Photographs

Samoan woman Faatulia, wife of Seumanutafa. UD Library: George Handy Bates Samoan Papers: Photographs

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

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

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. )

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. )

The two matai travelled around Samoa gathering support for their cause, and Lauaki even sent I'iga to American Samoa to garner support for the Mau a Pule (Independence Movement).

The two matai travelled around Samoa gathering support for their cause, and Lauaki even sent I'iga to American Samoa to garner support for the Mau a Pule (Independence Movement).

Studio portrait of a young Samoan man wearing body ornaments, including a high status ulafala (pandanus seed necklace) and a boar's tusk pendant. He holds a carved club (fa'alaufa'i). AMS318/V6803. This image is very similar to the romanticised studio portraits by Thomas Andrew in Apia, Samoa from 1891 to 1910, and may have been created by him.      Photographer:      George Brown  Rights:      © Courtesy of the Australian Museum

Studio portrait of a young Samoan man wearing body ornaments, including a high status ulafala (pandanus seed necklace) and a boar's tusk pendant. He holds a carved club (fa'alaufa'i). AMS318/V6803. This image is very similar to the romanticised studio portraits by Thomas Andrew in Apia, Samoa from 1891 to 1910, and may have been created by him. Photographer: George Brown Rights: © Courtesy of the Australian Museum

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