Page 11 - The Carolinas Today Winter 2015
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During our warmer months, island breezes 

remind me of my native roots in South 

America, where beaches seem to make time 

stand still and sunsets linger. Natives on 

the beach, their glistening, golden bodies 

moving rhythmically to the beat of drums, 

created memories I will never forget. Their 

sun-kissed skin was hidden only by their 

handmade cover-ups known as sarongs. 

The luscious, colorful fabrics and intricate 

designs of their sarongs looked like art 

swaying in the wind.

North Carolina's Outer Banks is a great 

place to travel to enjoy the beach, and it is no 

wonder the locals have adopted a laid-back 

attitude. “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” is 

the unofficial motto in a state where people 

work hard in order to play hard. The mild 

temperatures and outdoor lifestyle, make 

sarongs a perfect fit.

Boating communities, tourists on cruises, 

and weekend warriors spend much of their 

recreation time on the water. Swimming, 

surfing and other aquatic activities require 

a wardrobe consisting of a bathing suit 

and cover-up. Going from the water to a 

restaurant or grocery store is easy by draping 

and tying a sarong. If you can tie a knot, 

you can tie a sarong. Gone are the days of 

stopping by the house to change before your 

next event. A sarong makes it possible to 

transition easily from day to night. This 

large, rectangular piece of colorful fabric is 

handcrafted, resulting in a variety of patterns 

and styles. You may wear your sarong as a 

cover-up by wrapping it around your waist, 

as a bandeau dress by knotting it around 

your bust, or as a halter dress by wrapping

It around your bust and tying it around your 

neck. Sarongs are not limited to summer. 

Try using one as a scarf over a blazer for 

additional warmth during chilly nights, or as a 

shawl over a sleeveless dress in the evening.	11

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