Mat 1962.277

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.
Nairai, Lomaiviti, Fiji. Collected by G. K. Roth, 1950s. 1962.277

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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