National Geographic : 1920 Oct
Photograph trom Dr. Theodore P.Cleveland A FASHION SHOW IN THE SOCIETY ISLANDS: NOTE "CIVILIZATION'S" SARTORIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENSEMBLE Six feet is the average height of the pure-blooded Tahitian male, a splendid physical specimen, nimble inrunning and climbing and mighty in rowing. Only the Marquesans compare with Tahiti women, among the South Sea islanders, in beauty ofform and face. Especially dothese women know the art of simplicity in dress. Their one-piece gowns they dye and stain in beautiful designs, using dyes they concoct from berries and plants. They display their long hair to best advantage by allowing it to hang loosely about their bodies, and crown itwith awreath, sometimes made from plaits of human hair and again of artificial flowers. Even where flowers abound, millinery fashion insists upon animitation of nature.