Moana Oceania - Rotuma - Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi



This tofua or waist garment is from the island of Rotuma. It is made from vovoi or pandanus – with a finely woven waisband, decorated with green and blue coloured wool and the body comprised of ruffled strips of vovoi.
Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1949.11
Illustration by Cecelia Faumuina

Arts through the lens of a Rotuman

Paper prepared by Fesaitu Solomone

“We view ARTS as a “GIFT – Tēfakhanisi’ and ‘TALENT – Talene” from God (‘Ḁitu) handed down to our ancestors from one generation to another. It is unique knowledge to us and only chosen few possess it. All art forms encapsulate the nature of us as Rotumans that are harnessed and treasured amongst our people”.  Read more