Tahitian girls in their unadorned
"grandmother's dresses" between 1880 and 1889.
A Mother Hubbard dress
is a long, wide,
loose-fitting gown with long sleeves and a high neck. Intended to
cover as much skin as possible, it was introduced by missionaries
to "civilise" those whom they
considered half-naked savages of the South Seas islands.
Although this Victorian
has disappeared elsewhere in the world, it is still worn by Pacific
women, who have altered it into a gayer and lighter (less hot)
garment, using cotton sheets, often printed in brightly coloured
Hawai i, it is called holokū.
derivative, the mu umu u
, is highly similar,
but without the yoke and train, and therefore even easier to
Tahiti, the name was ahu tua (empire
dress); now, ahu māmā rū au (grandmother's
dress) is used.
dresses are referred to as (robes missions)(Mission
New Caledonian women wear these dresses when
playing their distinctive style of cricket.