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Handicrafts Brighten Up Tourism Festival

Yesterday, Rigeta Nuku and Julia Tarau, both hailing from Totoya Village in Lau and represented the Tovu Village Women’s Group from Suva.
25 Sep 2019 12:05
Handicrafts Brighten Up Tourism Festival
Rigeta Nuku, left, and Julia Tarau at their handicraft stall at the Tourism and Hospitality Festival at Fiji National University, Namaka Campus in Nadi on September 24. Photo: Charles Chambers

Visitors to Fiji and locals have been urged to come and take advantage of the local handicraft, scented oils and artefacts that are on display and for sale.

Yesterday, Rigeta Nuku and Julia Tarau, both hailing from Totoya Village in Lau and represented the Tovu Village Women’s Group from Suva.

The women are taking part in the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre’s first ever Hospitality and Tourism Festival at the Namaka Campus.

They said the people of Nadi are missing out on some good deals.

“We also want tourists from the hotels and resorts in Nadi to come and see these local handicrafts we have for sale,” Mrs Nuku said.

“We know it is only in its second day but there has not been a lot of people who have not come through, probably because they don’t know about the festival.”

She said they were weaving mats at their stall and apart from they are also selling pillow cases, clothes, masi, skirts and place mats.

She said they spent close to $600 in expenses to come from Nadi.

Meanwhile, Seniloli Sovea, who is close to 80 said she was selling items never seen before.This included wall mirrors which had masi as its frame and a large sea shell as decorations in one corner.

Rina Kumar, a lecturer at FNU said she had known Mrs Sovea for the last six years and had bought numerous items from her.

“I love the decorated mirrors and have already bought two and am buying a third one now for my new daughter-in-law,” Mrs Kumar said.

“All these items are her own creativity and I have never seen this anywhere.”

Mrs Kumar said the prices were affordable and we want the people of Nadi to come and see the items which you never see around.

“I actually have never seen these designed mirrors in any house and I was so attracted to it.”

The festival ends on Friday.

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