National Geographic : 1948 Jul
Mamma's Green-grass Skirt May Weigh 30 Pounds When a Yap girl reaches the age of marriage, usually 14, she knots a black cord around her neck. This mother would be amazed if asked to cover her bosom; but modesty decrees a grass bustle because cloth would reveal the con tour of her thighs. In damp places her skirt may pick up a quart of water. Eve's Daughter WearsBreadfruit Leaves Fore and Aft Mother grates coconut meatfor mixing with breadfruit pulp (lower right) into one of the Puluwat Island dishes. Her arms bear circular scars, the"love" marks of a husband or a former admirer. Her costume consists solely ofthe lava-lava, a brief wrap-around skirt.