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Manafau

human history
  • Other Name

    ta'ovala manafau (Tongan)

  • Description

    Manafau. Dancing skirt. Manafau are skirts worn to perform in by both men and women and children, they are made from fau (hibiscus) fibre and there are different variations of manafau depending on the maker, the wearer, and the village they hail from. The most basic manafau are made from natural coloured fau but there are others with embellishments such as dyed fau, decorated waistbands etc.

    This manafau is made from fau fibres, it is woven into a thick waistband and the strips are left to hang loose under it.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1969.94
  • Accession Date
    24 Apr 1969
  • Other Id

    41321 (ethnology)

  • Department
waist garment, 1969.94, 41321, Cultural Permissions Apply

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