“Traditional Female Dress”
Women’s wear introduced during Guam’s Spanish Colonial Period 1565-1898; influenced by missionaries to “cover up”.
Chamorros women adapted this look (moda); comprised of
- Chita – top - lightweight material, traditionally white color only.
- Lupes – bottom piece/skirt piece usually A-shaped or circular with a “tail” with adjustable drawstring waist.
- Kamisola -Undergarment/Camisole: embroidered or lace at the neckline and bottom edges.
This female style of clothing was common until American colonizers discouraged the use, due to health reasons – it brought up dust & germs.