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The Ocean Heritage And Arts Festival ‘Builds Opportunity’

The Ocean Heritage And Arts  Festival ‘Builds Opportunity’
Anaseini Waqatabu from Sai Creations with her art works during the Heritage and Arts Festival at USP on July 23,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
July 25
12:40 2018

Anaseini Waqatabu says the Ocean Heritage and Arts Festival has given her an opportunity to promote her voivoi products.

And the weaver and trainer said apart from marketing her handicraft during the festival underway this week at the University of the South Pacific, she could also establish herself in the arts industry.

“I do weaving and sell from home because I do not have a market place, but this one-week festival has given me a chance to build contacts with many people,” she said.

“I sell mats, purses, pencil cases, baskets of all sizes, all made from voivoi (Pandanus leaves) and within the last few days people have given me orders for these items because they were admired”.

Mrs Waqatabu, 58, has been weaving from the age of 16 and still enjoys weaving.

She advised the younger generation to learn how to weave.

She has trained women from Koro Island and held workshops on weaving at the Outrigger Resort.

Housewife Julia Tarau said she enjoyed cooking all kinds of food, especially her Fijian traditional food.

Her interest in cooking began at a young age and the motivation to progress in the field has come from her elders.

“While it is a source of income for housewives and it helps us to display the talents we have,” Mrs Tarau said.

“The Ocean Heritage and Arts Festival gave me a platform to showcase traditional food and also motivate the younger generation on the benefits of knowing how to prepare traditional food.”

USP Arts, Culture, Pacific Studies Centre director Frances Koya-Vaka’uta said the festival gave people the chance to remember Pacific culture.

“Every evening there are about 200 people watching traditional performances and fashion shows which demonstrate our beautiful culture,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean



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