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Another Tonga vignette | Sailing Totem

Another Tonga vignette

Many Tongans continue to wear the ta’ovala, a mat overskirt. They are worn by men and women, children and adults. It’s a standard part of many school uniforms. There’s quite a bit of variation in texture and pattern, from simple pandanus to the finer hibiscus fibers. Some people substitute mats made from more modern, permanent fibers- but the pandanus tree leaves dominate.

This little boy models a standard issue ta’ovala on the way to church services on Lape island…
dressed for church

One Response to Another Tonga vignette

  1. Diane, Evan and Maia August 28, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    so sweet!

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