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CAO offers free lavalava-making class

THE Carolinian Affairs Office is inviting high school students and older women to participate in a free lavalava-making class.

CAO project director Paul Ythemar said the class is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.

The class is part of “Tepengi Kkosch Refaluwasch/Caring for Our Carolinian Culture” program funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans program.

Ythemar said the class started in April and will end in September.

Six students are regularly attending the class which can still accommodate more participants, he added

“I highly encourage high school students to attend this class,” he said.

The students will learn the parts of a loom and the materials needed. Then, they will learn how to make a lavalava.

“For a beginner, it will probably take them a couple of weeks to do the first part, which is to string the banana fiber and transfer it to the loom. It will take them up another week to complete making a lavalaval,” Ythemar said.

Lavalava or teer in Carolinian, is a wrap-around skirt. “Once [Carolinian] women hit puberty, they graduate from wearing grass skirt to teer,” he added.

The class is free and materials will be provided. “All you have to do is show up,” Ythemar said

“I really encourage the students to come. It’s one of the traditional crafts that we still have but we are losing very quickly.”