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Weaving Mats ‘For Men Too’

The 23-year-old of Nasinu Village, Ovalau, Lomaiviti, has maternal links to Navunisole Village in Tailevu.
13 Jun 2021 11:46
Weaving Mats ‘For Men Too’
Mosese Nasoso Waletu (on the floor) with his grandmother, Laisani Cagidamata, at Sikituru Village in Nadi.

Developing the skills of weaving mats from an early age has helped Mosese Nasoso Waletu survive through this pandemic.

The 23-year-old of Nasinu Village, Ovalau, Lomaiviti, has maternal links to Navunisole Village in Tailevu.

After being laid off from work last year, the former pastry chef turned to farming and ventures out fishing to help put food on the table for his family.

He lives with his grandparents at Sikituru Village in Nadi.

The COVID-19 pandemic was also a time for him to upgrade his skills in weaving mats with his grandmother, Laisani Cagidamata.

“I also have gained interest in weaving mats. My grandmother taught me how to weave mats. She has been my biggest inspiration,” he said.

Mr Waletu said they sold a few mats, which helped support their family get the essential needs.

Now, he has challenged other young men to weave mats because is not only for women, “but men too”.

“God has given us talents and skills to do whatever we can. For me, attaining the knowledge of mat weaving is something I am proud of because it is part of my culture,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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