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Predicate Object 19 Jun 1959 1959-06-19T00:00:00.000Z 1959-06-19T00:00:00.000Z 1959.68.3 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1959.68.3, 35652 Fijian 1999-04-27T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T05:24:59.385Z Nai Yau Vakaviti - Na Ka Mareqeti Pacific Collection Access Project Fiji 35 Predominantly Open Masi Bolabola. Long patterned masi (bark cloth) consisting of three pieces of masi, attached at their ends, to create one long piece. Blocks of bold geometric patterns are rendered in black dye, arranged in repeated compartments across the entire width and length of the masi. A row of star-shape motifs with black patterns within the shape are also incorporated throughout the Masi Bolabola. Masi is made from bark stripped from the Vuni Masi (Paper mulberry) tree. The outer skin is removed and the inner bark (natural in colour) is soaked in a papasia (large wooden bowl). It is then laid out on a duadua (long wooden anvil) and beaten with an ike (bark cloth beater). Using water as the binding agent, strips of masi are felted together. Masi Bolabola
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