Archive for posts tagged with ‘sarongs’

Jul 21 2014


about sarongs and pareos / Crafts / Home Decor / uses for sarongs - 4 years ago -

Colorful Animal Print SarongDo you think kids can only have fun when there are dozens of toys available? Or when they have access to video games? Actually, kids have a grand time when they can let their imagination have free reign. Sometimes the fewer the toys, the better the game.

Marci found this out by accident when she got stranded with three kids at a riverside campsite. Not one of the kids was Marci’s. In fact, Marci didn’t have kids. Truth be told, kids made Marci nervous. What was worse, she barely knew these three kids. As she tells it, she did not volunteer to watch the kids.

It all started when she and the other campers were packing up to leave. Her friends and fellow campers, Mark and Leslee, parents of said kids, began to haul the kayaks to the trailer, a distance away. They called over their shoulders as they staggered along with the kayaks, “Marci, would you keep an eye on the kids for a minute?” Then they disappeared from sight. And didn’t come back.

As one minute turned into five and then ten, it became increasingly difficult to keep the kids close by. Thinking fast, Marci rummaged through her bag and found her sarong. She had brought it along as a cover-up and had only worn it once. “Hey kids, look at this!” she called out. The trio trooped over to where she was securing one end of the sarong to the picnic table with a few heavy rocks.

“What are you making?” asked the oldest. “Where’s Mommy?” asked the youngest. Marci kept working. She, too, wondered where Leslee was, but she wasn’t about to let the kids see her nervousness. She continued with her project, securing the other end of the sarong to the ground with more rocks. Voila! A play tent.

The kids caught on immediately, diving into the tent and beginning a game that took their minds off their missing parents. The makeshift tent was a fort, then a pirate hideout, and finally a secret clubhouse. They played and played, much to Marci’s relief, until Mark and Leslee reappeared, full of apologies.  On their way to the car, they happened to discover a campers who had slipped down a bank and sprained his ankle badly. Mark had gone looking for a ranger and Leslee had stayed with the injured camper until help came. They both admired Marci’s ingenuity and vowed to try it themselves in their backyard.

Jul 14 2014

Latest Turtle Island Imports Contest!

about sarongs and pareos / uses for sarongs - 4 years ago -

How do you wear your sarong?  Are you creative with your sarongs? Compete in our contest.  Starts July 21st!

What is the most creative way you have tied a sarong?

What is the most creative way you have tied a sarong?

Here are the details!  

Post your submission on our page: .

To win:

The grand prize for best way to tie a sarong wins $25 gift certificate to The three most creative, interesting or funny ways win any sarong we have in stock, up to a $15 value, including free shipping.


Jul 21 2010

“What’s Sarong?”

Uncategorized - 8 years ago -

“Nothing sarong, why do you ask?”

OK, dumb joke, but I got your attention right? Sarongs are getting a lot of well deserved attention of their own. It’s summer – the season of the sarong!

I live near a river, resort community and see people sporting sarongs every day: People in sarongs carrying their canoes out of shallow water, women and men wearing sarongs over their swimsuits to keep the sun (or critical glances away), mother’s carrying babies in a sarong tied on their backs. I love the makeshift sun shade tents billowing in the wind, extending from canoe paddles dug into the sand, and the sun baked picnickers dining on the clean surface of a sarong, thwarting ants and sand fleas who would love to taste the fare.

Sarongs have millions of uses and not all of them are related to the beach or pool. I have a batik sarong on my coffee table to hide the crayon scribbles my two year old lovingly donated to the varnish. I have this floral sarong to cover the squawking bird’s cage to quiet the offending chatter. I have a dragon sarong over our venetian blinds to darken the room in which my daughter sleeps to give the illusion of night down on long summer evenings. And this Buddha sarong lends a lovely yogic ambiance to my guest room/office/exercise room.

If I let myself, I could enjoy buying a new sarong every week – it is one of the hazards of working in a sarong import house! The next addition to my growing collection of versatile and stylish sarongs is the scalloped pattern sarong, which looks so cool in all the colors, I can’t decide which one to bring home! It is a popular choice in terms of sarongs for men, but I like it because I don’t wear a lot of pink and jewel tones so I like to keep my beach colors in tune with my out-and-about color scheme.

If you are interested in sarongs, please feel welcomed to visit our online store. Turtle Island Imports is a family owned and run business in Northern California. We have been bringin’ and slingin’ (otherwise known as importing and selling) sarongs since 1993.