In 1820 Christian missionaries arrived in Hawaii. Because the women wore clothing up to their necks, the Hawaiians called them Long Necks.
The ship they arrived on was called The Thaddeus. It sailed from New England in America and started its trip in 1819.
The Long Necks were the first to introduce the Hawaiian women to clothing that covered them fully—muumuus. Before this, the native women didn’t wear tops. Because the missionaries befriended the king and queen, they agreed that the Hawaiian women should wear clothing that covered them—top and bottom.
The Long Necks taught the Hawaiian women how to sew their muumuus. They used cotton fabrics and Oriental silks.
Find out a little more about the missionaries on Thursday. See you then!
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