Mat 1918.213.28 B

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Mat, Ibe
Large quantities of mats of pandanus leaf strips (voivoi) or sedge (kuta) are exchanged at solevu. They are sometimes adorned with a decorative kula border made of brightly coloured wool.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.28 B

Solevu installation
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.

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