Clothing in Papua New Guinea

Clothing in the pre-European period was made from plant material, including reeds (for skirts), bark (for belts), gourds and shrubs. In parts of the highlands, men covered their buttocks with Cordyline fruticosa leaves. In the western part of the highlands, women’s skirts were made from the Eleocharis dulcis reed. Traditional clothing has become uncommon, however, and has been largely replaced by second-hand clothing imported from Australia. Traditional clothing is now worn mostly for ceremonial occasions or in some remote locations by older people. Some clothing made from local plant material is sold occasionally.

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