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What Is a Sarong?


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Sarongs are many things to many people. Throughout history the world has known the sarong by different names as well.

For instance, the people from the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Hawaii call sarongs, "Pareos", in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia , Thailand, Malyasia, and the Phillipinnes it's called a "Surong", in India a similar garment is named "Sri" and Africa they call it a "Kanga". In ancient times of Rome and Greece it was named a "Toga".

We choose to use the Indonesian name "Sarong", because it's the most popular name today and where the majority of Sarongs/Pareos/Kangas are made. Sarongs are mainly manufactured in Indonesia, but they are being made all over the world and even here in the United States. There are as many names as there are ways to use a sarong!!!

Some people call sarongs handmade creations of art. Others call sarongs bathing suit cover-ups. It doesn't matter what you call them. It matters what you do with it. Essentially, there is a very long list for how a sarong can be used.

Here are the top ten (ok top eleven) most popular sarong uses:

1. Sexy Skirt

2. Quick Bathing Suit Cover-up

3. Dress Toga

4. Curtains

5. Shawl / Scarf

6. Wall Art

7. Table / Seat / Couch Cover

8. Beach Blanket

9. Turban

10. Fabric to Make Clothing

11. Your choice!

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However, many people in the world use it as an essential part of living.

In Indonesia on the island of Java, in the not too distant past, sarongs of certain designs and patterns were strictly reserved for royalty and where the property of Kings, Queens, Nobles and Aristocrats. Imitating these designs and wearing them in public was punishable by death!!! Some of these designs can be found in our "Traditional Batik" at: Java Traditional

It takes many many hours of hard work to create a sarong. The process is very long and difficult. Sarongs are created using the art of Batik. Read more about it at: "Batik".

But the best part of it all is you'll fall in love with your sarong. The colors and patterns are amazing and you'll be hypnotized and swept away by the beauty! You'll never want to put it down or take it off. Plus you'll never find these in a big department store. Each is a work of art on its own and is hand made not mass produced.

Sarongs are gaining more and more popularity. Especially as our world becomes smaller and we begin to reach out and interact with new cultures. Meeting new people and experiencing different ways of living is very exciting. We discover wonderful gifts and treasures along the way.

Sarongs are one of these treasures we'd like to share with you.

If you would like more information or would like to make suggestions or comments please email us at!


Testimonials/Words of Wisdom

  • I appreciated the selection, new member discount, and free shipping. I received my order in 2 days! Everything ordered was as advertised. Very pleased with the order. Sarongs are very comfortable for working in the yard. Thank you.

    - Ava
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I was very pleased at how fast my order was delivered and the quality of the product and I also plan to purchase from them again.

    - Tabby
  • Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Love my new sarong... can't wait to purchase more. The print is awesome. Sarongs come in handy whether at the beach or lounging around the house.

    - Kate
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • This is a great company to do business with. My items were shipped fast and in good condition. The sarongs are gorgeous! Thank you 1 World Sarongs

    - Samara
  • Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • First, thank you! This little package that I bought will be going to Hawaii with us and we both will look gorgeous with his shirt and my sarong. First thing I did was rip open the package and had my daughter show me every different way to wear the sarong; it is beautiful...Very satisfied!

    - Lindsey
  • Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Love the sarongs, fast shipping, great prices!

    - Jennifer
  • When it rains, look for the rainbows. When it�s dark, look for the stars.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • This has become one of my favorite merchants. I found them when my son was getting married. Their rehearsal dinner had a Hawaiian themed affair and this site was amazing. Love the choices and prices are great. Definitely stop by. Their plus size sarongs are perfect for the more elaborate styles of tying. A+ 1 World Sarongs!

    - Louise
  • Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try..

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I received my Sarong in 3 days. I was so pleased with the quality I ordered another one. I will definitely recommend this site to family and friends.

    - Sasha
  • Change the way you see things and the things you see will change..

    - Words of Wisdom
  • loved my first order, great price and I was so surprised and impressed at the quality of them, seeing that they were imperfect ones, really appreciated the service too, shipping was quick, I would recommend them to others and order again:)

    - Beth
  • Don�t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Their website is very user friendly. There are lots of color & style choices and good photos to view them. The price is extremely reasonable and shipping was extremely prompt. I originally bought 1 sarong and liked it so much I ordered another one in a different color and several gauzy scarves to wear both with the sarongs or anytime. I highly recommend them and will buy from them again.

    - Ora
  • In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I was extremely happy with my order; the items are gorgeous and delivery was very fast! Thank you SO much!!

    Excellent variety of beautiful sarongs at very reasonable prices! My go-to store for my summer or vacation sarong wardrobe.

    - Faith
  • Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I have already purchased several items from this merchant; for example: sarongs, jewelry, and sarong ties. The merchant as much as the products always meet my expectations. People who see what I buy from them, always praise the beauty and quality of the products. The pricing is very competitive; I can't find better prices. S&H is flawless too. On top of that, they offer products that are hard to find in the US, or not offered by anyone else -- that I know off-- like the sarong ties. For sure, I will keep on buying from 1 World Sarongs.

    - Parson
  • Strive for progress, not perfection.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Beautiful products, fast shipping, good customer service communication. Repeat Customer.

    - Katie
  • Don�t call it a dream. Call it a plan.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Very professional and service was fantastic. Very positive people to work with!

    - Amanda
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Great selection of very beautiful sarongs. The weight of the fabric is perfect and very flattering on the body. Thank you 1 World Sarongs!

    - Lisa
  • Every day is a second chance.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Fantastic price, super fast shipping, quality product. Highly recommended, and will definitely shop here again. As this is my first sarong, I am also impressed by the "how to tie a sarong section" and link to YouTube videos. I look forward to the warm weather and freedom of the sarong!

    - Amy
  • You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Customer service was outstanding...thank you so your sarongs and ties....just beautiful!!!! I really appreciate the friendly service and fast delivery. My husband thinks the sarongs are WOW!

    - Maureen
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I love the customer service as well as the product. The economy is bad and it�s nice to know that you can still look beautiful and a reasonable price.

    - Karen
  • If you cannot be positive, then at least be quite.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Once again, another painless shopping experience! I love their unique sarongs, and buy not only for myself, but for family and friends. 1 World Sarongs is the best!

    - Bell
  • Where there is love there is life.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I found their site easy to navigate and loved the pictures to give me an example of the colors and patterns available. The best part was that from what I can tell it was shipped immediately and I had my Sarong within a few days! I have been telling everyone that will listen that they should check out the website and I will definitely being ordering from it again soon!

    - Tika
  • Life isn�t a matter of milestones, but of moments.

    - Words of Wisdom