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Predicate Object 1948 1948-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1948-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1948.268 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1948.268, 30402.1 Niuean 2001-10-18T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T07:05:36.549Z Niue Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - women 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. Lau fou fibres of a natural golden colour are woven in a lalaga fakafiti (twill weave) technique to create the upper half of the titi. 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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