The Material Culture of Tuvalu

The Material Culture of Tuvalu

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On Nukufetau the women make their ceremonial mats [kie) by first cutting green leaves from the kie pandanus. ... which have been rolled up two or three together, into a basket which, weighted with a stone, is immersed in sea water (in the lagoon or on the ocean beach) for about four weeks. ... Working alone it takes from two to three hours to plait a floor mat; with normal use it will last for about a year.

Title:The Material Culture of Tuvalu
Author:Gerd Koch - 1984*


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