Netting needle Z 2923 A

[singlepic id=166 w=250 h=450 float=none]Netting needle, Sika
Large needles used by Fijian women to make nets of yaka fibre (Pueraria lobata) for catching turtles. A length of finely plaited coir cord is wound around the central bar.
Navuavua, Rakiraki,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2923 A

An impressive variety of fishing equipment was used in Fiji, reflecting the diversity of fishing grounds: inside and outside reefs as well as in rivers. While some of these objects are unique to Fiji, other technologies were borrowed from neighbouring islands in Western Polynesia.

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