So puletasi do not typically have pockets (the faletua mumu does, but that is beside the point).
So here are the women of Samoa running around all day with out any pockets. They need some place to keep their odds and ends and since purses can be a cumbersome nuisances, why not just use the one garment you are wearing that is already like a purse?
That's right, I am talking about your bra.
Items that are typically found in bras include scraps of paper with notes written on them, money and cell phones. In fact, if you don't wear your cellphone on a string around your neck, then you probably have it tucked in your bra.
Of course the guys don't have pockets in their ie either. Cale has taken to sort of rolling his wallet up in the waist of his lavalava. However, must guys are all wearing shorts under the ie, so they just use the pockets in the shorts and pull back the flap or hike up the ie to access the pocket-stored items.
I have seen ladies with shorts on under their puletasi skirt as well. One woman was leaving the ATM, pulled back the flap of her skirt to reveal the shorts underneath and pocketed the money.
Today after school I sat down to discuss a student's final exam questions. Before we started I reached into my shirt and pulled out a flash drive and two AA batteries. The flash driver went by unnoticed, but she did seem a little surprised to see the batteries. I had been expecting to take department and house pictures after school today, so I had the camera in hand and wanted to have the extra batteries nearby. WIth no pockets in sight, I simply tucked them in my bra. It was only natural.