An impressive range of baskets woven from coconut or pandanus leaf strips continue to be produced in Fiji. At solevu, they are used as containers for valuable items but are also considered valuables in their own right.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.31 G
This installation evokes the range of objects exchanged at solevu. Each exchange involves a different combination of objects, the guests presenting valuables from their own specialised area of production. Central to a solevu are events that cannot be represented here, such as feasts (magiti) and dances (meke) contributing to the celebratory atmosphere.