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Fijian artifacts impress Mrs Morrison

  The wife of the visiting Prime Minister of Australia visited the Fiji Museum yesterday and was impressed with the design and craftwork on several masi (tapa) pieces. On her
18 Jan 2019 10:40
Fijian artifacts impress Mrs Morrison
From left: Selai Buasala with Jenny Morrison at the Fiji Museum in Suva on January 17, 2019. Photo: Fonua Talei

 

The wife of the visiting Prime Minister of Australia visited the Fiji Museum yesterday and was impressed with the design and craftwork on several masi (tapa) pieces.

On her tour in the Fiji Museum Jenny Morrison said she was impressed with the pieces produced by Selai Buasala, which sold for $65.

Mrs Buasala, hails from Moce, Lau, and said she was happy that the wife of the Australian Prime Minister bought her work. She was lost for words and revealed how she learned to make masi.

“I learned to make masi from my mother and grandmother since I was eight years old,” Mrs Buasala said.

“I saw my mum and grandmother every day, they beat the tapa, pound it, dry it, cut it in pieces and then they stencil it – all this I learnt and started to do when I was little.

“I am so proud that my masi work is appreciated and bought.”

Mrs Buasala has been very successful and with the support of her family her masi has reached overseas through the Fiji Arts Council, Fiji Museum and the Flea Market in Suva.

Mrs Buasala’s mother made her living and provided for her children through selling masi.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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