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Made of hibiscus fibre (vau) and fastened low on the hips, liku of this elaborate kind were worn in the 19th century by high-status women on formal occasions. They were also important presentation items used in ceremonial exchanges including solevu. The conversion of many Fijians to Christianity and encouragement from missionaries to adopt European clothing led to the decline and disappearance of liku as clothing.
Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 4023