Kōrero: Pacific arts in New Zealand

Tongan women's fine arts: Falehanga 'i Teleiloa group

Tongan women's fine arts: Falehanga 'i Teleiloa group

Set up in 2010, the Falehanga ‘i Teleiloa group practises and develops Tongan women’s fine arts. The group is an effective network, linking older members with younger, and those based in New Zealand with others in Tonga.

The work shown here – a ngatu tā'uli (black barkcloth) – was made with the help of women in Tatakamotonga, Tonga, who provided the materials: red koka plant pigment and strips of plain barkcloth. Members of Falehunga ‘i Teleiloa joined the barkcloth to make the 22-metre length, coated it with pigment, applied motifs and painted the ngatu black.

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Private collection
Photograph by Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, 'Pacific arts in New Zealand - Pacific arts in Auckland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/44260/tongan-womens-fine-arts-falehanga-i-teleiloa-group (accessed 27 June 2022)

He kōrero nā Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014