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|
|Publisher||:||firstname.lastname@example.org - 1984*|