A group of Fijian men staging the various phases of the manufacture of coir cords (magimagi). The photograph was probably taken in Cicia Island in Lau, famous for its magimagi production. The very large bundles visible at the back are of the type exchanged at solevu.
Photographer and date unknown.
Probably Cicia, Lau Group, Fiji. Collected by G. K. Roth. LS. 120995.TC1
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.