Pareo The Story
The pāreu or pareo (see below) is the Cook Islands and Tahitian word for a wraparound skirt.
Originally it was used only to refer to women’s skirts, as men wore a loincloth, called a maro.
Nowadays the term is applied to any piece of cloth worn wrapped around the body, worn by males or females.
It is related to the Malay sarong, Filipino malong, tapis and patadyong, Sāmoan lavalava,
Tongan tupenu and other such garments of the Pacific Islands such as the islands of Hawaiʻi, Marquesas, Aotearoa, and Fiji.