Expo and masi

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Artisan handicrafts are often the expertise of women in many societies (Traditional ones are rather ‘men’s area’ in Japanese culture though). The Government of Fiji has been promoting handicrafts making to generate more income for women as part of livelihoods.
National Women’s Expo is the culmination of the support given to those artisans by the Ministry of Women. The theme of 2015 Expo was ‘connecting women to market’. 570 women came to the capital City of Suva from all over Fiji with their products and exhibited/sold over three days of Expo,14-16 Oct.

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This is masi, bark cloth with traditional or modern designs painted on it.

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Here is masi’s home village.

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The round ones tied together on the left are the ones to make masi. They are cultivated in the village.

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Flattened barks are attached together.

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It is painted mostly with brown and black colors, made of soil, some coral or burnt tiers, etc.

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Masi sheets were sold well at Expo!

 

 

 

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