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The Envy of Eve

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The Envy of Eve, Story by Zen de Guzman - Alaluku, Photos by Morris Alaluku.

How would Eve have felt if she saw her daughters in designer foliage?

In sparse Biblical accounts, she who started it all only wore an apron of fig leaves. Fairly basic covering! Do you agree?


Below: Christina in green bridal gown of coconut fronds, pawpaw leaves and ferns with a pawpaw flower headdress and a bouquet of frangipani.
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Down the ages, at an unusual fashion show in the lush green surroundings of Alotau in Milne Bay, five of her modem descendants took to the stage garbed in leaves and flowers. Fresh and therefore susceptible to wilting and tearing, these were collected from some of the town's proud gardens.

One minute they were simply being themselves - leaves swaying in the breeze, shading a bounty of fruits, shielding secret colours and shapes; flowers brightening the scenery and perfuming the air. The next minute they were outfits.

Modern Eves in designer foliage :
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Each one had an individual look - elegant, exotic, funky, with the wearability of five minutes.

Designers Maxine Nadile, a Port Moresby-based Milne Bay artist, and Zen Alaluku, an Alotau resident, used coconut and fan palm fronds, pawpaw and heliconia leaves and flowers, ferns, frangipani and sprays of grey-green flowers of unknown name to create the fashions.

The sophisticated styles, if done in fabric, could have held their own on the catwalks of high fashion capitals. Paris, London, New York, Milan, watch out!

Olive would have danced all night if only her heliconia wrap top and woven coconut frond bell-bottoms could hold together :
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Each one had an individual look - elegant, exotic, funky, with the wearability of five minutes.

Designers Maxine Nadile, a Port Moresby-based Milne Bay artist, and Zen Alaluku, an Alotau resident, used coconut and fan palm fronds, pawpaw and heliconia leaves and flowers, ferns, frangipani and sprays of grey-green flowers of unknown name to create the fashions.

The sophisticated styles, if done in fabric, could have held their own on the catwalks of high fashion capitals. Paris, London, New York, Milan, watch out !

Judith a Fairy Princess in a heart-shaped fan palm bodice and skirt of flower sprays :
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Spectators standing in the midday sun could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing fairies. After all, the models did look like they had stepped out of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night s Dream. But, no, they were real girls who braved the public eye to wear the unwearable and to dare the never-before-done, all for the fun of it. And Eve? She would have been envious!


Violet the Pacific Queen in an all-coconut frond ensemble, complete with a hat :
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Flora in a blouse made from coconut fibre, belted with woven coconut fronds and pinned with a giant Sexy Pink heliconia brooch over a flared fan palm frond skirt with straps of coconut frond topped by a woven star on her feet :
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Can any one tell me if the models in these pictures Violet,Flora and Olive are sisters and if they are related to Leo Mamaji of Waema village Alotau if so pls email me on this email address:
dakota.simpsonbps@latis.net.au , coz i think i've found my long lost relatives I am currently living in Darwin N.T Australia.
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