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Predicate Object 31 May 1982 1982-05-31T00:00:00.000Z 1982-05-31T00:00:00.000Z 1982.194 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1982.194, 50160.1 Tongan 1997-09-26T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T07:20:43.634Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Performing Arts/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Manafau. Dancing skirt. Manafau are skirts worn to perform in by both men and women and children, they are made from fau (hibiscus) fibre and there are different variations of manafau depending on the maker, the wearer, and the village they hail from. The most basic manafau are made from natural coloured fau but there are others with embellishments such as dyed fau, decorated waistbands etc. This manafau is made from majority purpled dyed fau as well as some natural coloured fau. The hanging strips of fau are looped and knotted on a waistband which is a plaited bunch of fau fibres. The strips are left to hang loose, there are remnants of pule and pueki shells as well as hana (Job's tears) seed on the waistband which indicates a possibility of a decorated waistband. waist garment
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