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Predicate Object 18 Nov 2004 2004-11-18T00:00:00.000Z 2004-11-18T00:00:00.000Z 2004.120.30 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2004.120.30, 56267 Niuean 2005-01-05T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T06:34:40.728Z Niue Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Titi fou. Skirt of lace bark. This is a hand woven titi (skirt) made from lau fou (lace bark). This titi fou is woven to wrap around the waist of the wearer and tied securely with braided cords of lau fou attached at the sides of the garment. The body of the titi is made of dyed fibres of purple, teal, orange, yellow, natural, and pink. The waistband is arranged with three horizontal wide strips of teal, purple and natural colour along a central cord. Titi fou are intended for wearing during dance performances and celebrations. According to Matafele Smith, fou is a resource that is plentiful and grows wild in Niue. In the process of preparing the fibre for weaving, the leaves are cut and bundled. They are then submerged in sea water held down with rocks for approximately seven days wherein the desired fibres loosen and then can be easily stripped away from the rest of the leaves. Titi fou
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