California Republic sarong
My Coachella experience this year was simply amazing. Thinking back, I really can't believe how much fun I had. From the drive up, to car camping, to the event itself, it's hard to describe such a great experience. My sarongs really came in handy throughout the weekend. I lost or gave away most of the sarongs I ended up bringing. Below are just a few highlights of this past weekend:

  • Arriving to Coachella and seeing everyone drinking and pushing their cars
  • Setting up our solar panel and charging our electronics
  • Playing flip cup and 7/11 with Brits and randoms in our camp
  • Trying an Australian Shoee
  • Riding our bikes around the camp
  • Partying at the Do Lab and Heineken Dome
  • Seeing Kasabian, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, Dre and the crew
  • Walking around in the beer gardens
  • Having my 16-year-old cousin there with me at the event
  • Meeting up all my friends 
  • Last but not least, seeing all the awesome sarongs at the event!  

California Bear sarong
Sarongs were everywhere in Coachella. From standard sarongs to mini sheer wraps, you could find it all. The California Tie-dye sarongs were an absolute hit. Below are just a few ways I observed how sarongs were used at the event:

1. Sarongs used as flags - Everyone that car camp'd seemed to have a flag of some kind. Ours was the California Bear flag which stood high most of the time. People also had flag sarongs inside the festival and waived them in the middle of the crowds during performances.

2. Sarongs that people wear - They were wrapped around heads, backs, and waists. Sarongs were used as an accessory throughout the event. Sarongs really came in handy on Friday when it was cold and rainy. We used our sarongs as a wind breaker and wore them around our back as a cape to keep us warm.

3. Sarongs used as a blanket - There was grass everywhere. People were sitting, laying down, or taking a nap on sarongs throughout the polo fields.

4. Sarongs used for shade - Coachella is known to be hot. Use a sarong to keep the sun away by keeping it over your head and periodically getting it wet. Car camping and canopies go hand in hand. That said, sarongs were tied up to the sides of canopies to create shade, a divide between neighbors, and used as a wind breaker.  

5. Sarongs used to show pride - California is a pretty amazing state. Many attendees were from different cities and counties of California. Every time I raised my California flag, there was someone willing to snap a photo and join in on the fun.

 

Sarong has many different names in different parts of the world: Canga, Kikoy, Kanga, Pareo, Lavalava, Lamba, Capulana, Zambias, Sampot, Longyi etc.
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