Fan

This is a common souvenir purchased by visitors to Tonga. However, fans are common to Pacific life. Using an intricate weave, women would use pandanus, coconut and palm leaves, which are hand cut and sun-bleached. Natural vegetal dyes would provide additional colour. The addition of bark cloth to the palm weave makes this an interesting item.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
7/1983/11
Category
Ethnography
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Material
vegetable fibrebarkvegetable fibre
Common Name
fan
Simple Name
accessory
Production Country
Tonga
Production Year High
1975

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hand fan