Lapa is a “Pidgin” English word, or a mix of words from two languages, that translates to “lap,” or a piece of cloth that covers the lap. One to two yards in length, lapas, also called “wrappas,” are worn around the waist and hips.
You can make your own lapa very easily. Ebay and Etsy are great places to find African fabric.
How to tie or wear your African wrap-skirt
Starting with the wrap, ensure that the embroidered end (if any) is on the outside flap.
with your legs apart (to give you room for walk-steps), hold the two ends of the wrap - with the embroidered end on your right;
tuck in the left side to the right side of waist, making sure that the top end of it sticks out above the tuck;
take the right side and wrap it towards the left side of your waist;
pull the left and right ends towards the back and make a knot as tight as you need;
pull the layers from the bottom so that the bottom edges are even.
You can wear the wrap long (waist-ankle) or short (waist-below-knee) by wrapping the skirt long or short. SOURCE-http://www.africastyles.com/resources/articles/wrap_skirt.html
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