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Predicate Object 1976 1976-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1976-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1976.73 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1976.73, 47575 Tongan 1998-02-10T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T22:45:17.876Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Kiekie. Waist ornament. Kiekie are waist ornaments which are worn by females in Tonga as part of their formal wear. They are also worn by school girls and boys in Tonga as part of their school uniform. Kiekie are traditionally made from natural materials which are sourced locally in Tonga or in villages. However, kiekie can be made from a combination of synthetic and natural materials, or entirely from synthetic material. This kiekie is made with fau (hibiscus) fibres and Lopa (red sandalwood) (red sandalwood) and hana (Job's tears) shells. The waistband is 3 ply plaited fau, along the waistband hangs strands of fau which have alternating sections of hana (Job's tears) and Lopa (red sandalwood) (red sandalwood) seeds strung onto it. The alternating colours and designs makes for a very striking chequered design along the entire length of the kiekie. Ta'ovala
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