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Macuata Women’s Event to Send Message to the Young

The Macuata women are passing on their tradi­tional handcraft skills to their young ones in a bid revive and maintain them. The women who have partic­ipated in the National Wom­en’s
20 Oct 2018 11:00
Macuata Women’s Event to Send Message to the Young
Women from Dogotuki showing off their handicraft during the Macuata Women’s Handicraft Show at Katonivere Ground on October 19, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The Macuata women are passing on their tradi­tional handcraft skills to their young ones in a bid revive and maintain them.

The women who have partic­ipated in the National Wom­en’s Expo have seen not only its economic benefits, but the importance of keeping these traditional handiwork intact.

Hence, the Macuata Wom­en’s Handicraft Show. that was held at Katonivere Ground in Labasa yesterday, was hosted as a means of reviving traditional skills among women.

The Soqosoqo Vakamarama ko Macuata president Adi Mela Qomate said: “Most of the crafts that we have pre­sented here today have actu­ally disappeared and we are lucky to have a few people who know about the crafts that made it possible for us to learn and continue with the tradition.”

Asenaca Dioi of Labasa, who was one of the 30 women chosen for the expo, said she was happy to know that her hard work and sacrifice had now been recognised.

Ms Dioi said this was her third year to be part of the expo adding that the expo meant the possibility of sell­ing her crafts.

“Ever since being chosen for the expo last year, I have made up my mind to keep im­proving my crafts and aim for perfection so I can be chosen again this year, which sur­prisingly happened, and I’m so happy for that,” she said.

“All I need to do now is go back to the village and work on my crafts, weave more mats, fans and baskets for the expo in June.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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