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Siliva, 70, Tells Of Unique Mat Weaving From Macuata

With her mat bundled under her arm, Susana Siliva, 70, of Lomaloma Village, with no breakfast, got on the 7am bus trip for Labasa. Ms Siliva was making her way
03 Oct 2016 10:37
Siliva, 70, Tells Of Unique  Mat Weaving From Macuata
The women of Seaqaqa holding up a 'loga-isiisi' which they are known for in Labasa on Friday. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

With her mat bundled under her arm, Susana Siliva, 70, of Lomaloma Village, with no breakfast, got on the 7am bus trip for Labasa.

Ms Siliva was making her way to the Soqosoqo Vakamarama ko Macuata meet at the Katonivere grounds last Friday.

Ms Siliva’s village is in the Seaqaqa district and sits on the Macuata–Cakaudrove border making her one of the farthest travelling participants.

The leader of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama ko Macuata, Adi Nomai Katonivere, said the aim of the event was for the women to exhibit the kinds of cultural artefacts that their districts were known for.

“It is also a platform for the women to socialise and at the same time learn from their counterparts, in terms of artefacts like mats,” Adi Nomai said.

“This event gives the opportunity for the young to learn, recognise and be proud of their identity. It is after all who we are.”

Ms Siliva has that one artefact that sets them apart from the others – the ‘loga-isiisi’.

“When we were told of this event, I knew I had to bring my ‘loga-isiisi’ so I too can showcase what the Seaqaqa women are known for,” Ms Siliva said.

“The ‘loga-isiisi’ is something that sets us apart from all the other districts in Macuata, it makes us unique. This type of mat which is made of pandanus leaves, is very fine and is quite different from the normal mats.

“With this mat we have to further divide the ‘voivoi’ (pandanus leaf) into fine strips before we start weaving.”

Adi Nomai said women empowerment should thrive in all levels and this gave rural women a chance to pursue this principle.

“This is also to raise funds for our soqosoqo and for these women to earn for their families,” she said.

Ms Siliva was a part of more than 300 women who were in Labasa for the event.  Edited by Naisa Koroi



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