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Predicate Object 28 Feb 1977 1977-02-28T00:00:00.000Z 1977-02-28T00:00:00.000Z 1977.19 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1977.19, 48044 Tongan 1997-11-18T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T22:08:33.024Z 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 natural coloured fau with a waistband of brown and white pueki shell. The waistband has pueki shells arranged in a zig zag design and is knotted in the sia technique. The manafau itself is made from loose fau strips which have been plaited into six sections for storage purposes. waist garment
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