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Wasavulu Woman Imparts Knowledge Of Traditional Weaving

  A 53-year-old woman of Wasavulu, outside Labasa Town believes that imparting her knowledge of weaving and traditional craft work is important. “Especially in these modern times where our children
22 Jan 2019 10:00
Wasavulu Woman  Imparts Knowledge Of Traditional Weaving
Jotivini Disova with her newly finished mat in Wasavulu, Labasa. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

A 53-year-old woman of Wasavulu, outside Labasa Town believes that imparting her knowledge of weaving and traditional craft work is important.

“Especially in these modern times where our children and youth are part of evolving societies where the use of computers and  mobile phones are the trend,” Jotivini Disova said.

Ms Disova has been weaving mats since her childhood days and now she actively spends her time teaching the craft to  younger members of the society.

“I love teaching the craft to the younger generation as they too should know the importance of it,” she said.

“The trends in modernisation had taken a great share of our lives, however it is imperative to stick to one’s cultural ideas and norms to find fulfilment.

“Technology seems to have its negative influences on the younger generation, but normally there should be a balance between things.”

Jotivini Disova with her newly finished mat in Wasavulu, Labasa. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Jotivini Disova with her newly finished mat in Wasavulu, Labasa.
Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Ms Disova said that there was an inner satisfaction she received every time she wove a new mat.

“Just looking at my finished piece makes me happy because it requires so much hard work and patience,” she said.

She usually gets the pandanus leaves to weave her mats and other craftwork from a village in neighboring Bua province.

“It is important that the art is passed on  to the coming generations because it  depicts to them the way of our lives,” Ms Disova said.

“I can also make and sell extra products in order to earn a living for myself.”

“I’m reaching out to youths in order to teach the craft and will be more than willing to help if anyone wants to learn.

“This is also a great opportunity for income generation, something for people to be self-employed as well,” she said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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