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Lau Women Show Skills

Like many other women from Lau living in Viti Levu, Salote Burelevu also depends on handicraft for income. The women from this tikina (Lau) are well known for their handicraft,
01 Nov 2014 16:48
Lau Women Show Skills
Members of the Ono-i-Lau group during Lau Women’s showcase of their Handycraft works at Yatu Lau Arcade in Suva yesterday Photo: Ronald Kumar

Like many other women from Lau living in Viti Levu, Salote Burelevu also depends on handicraft for income.

The women from this tikina (Lau) are well known for their handicraft, especially in weaving baskets and mats like the  tabukaisi (finely woven mats), i-coco (big mats for homes and ceremonies) and vakabati (medium-sized mats with linings decorated with coloured wool) to name a few.

Mrs Burelevu from Ono-i-Lau was among women from the 15 tikina (districts) of Lau who showcased their handicraft work at Yatu Lau Arcade in Suva yesterday.

“I was taught how to make a basket using pandanus leaves at a very young age while growing up in my village before moving to Viti Levu. This is what I have been doing ever since. I usually order pandanus leaves from women in the village and I calculate how many baskets I can make.

“The money received from the sales is usually for family needs. Life is a struggle and I believe that we can earn a living just by making use of the resources God has given us,” she said.

Fifty-two year old Arieta Vuli of Totoya, also felt the same way.

She is an expert at creating traditional yasayasa salusalu cerebu (garlands).

“I learned at an early age that the good things in life come to those who work hard. For people who come from the island, we are known for our hard work.

“It easy to make a salusalu since it requires a certain skill, but the material are mainly attained from the environment,”Mrs Vuli said.

The women of Lau meeting and handicraft exhibition ended yesterday.

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