DIGITAL FAGOGO - THE SAMOAN TUIGA
The Tuiga is one of the most valued and recognisable measina of Samoa - and holds the mana of Samoan culture and often the wearer's ancestors on the tapu part of the body, the head.
In this exploration of the stories and history behind the tuiga headdress, tuiga maker and designer Bronson Seiuli shows us how the tuiga is constructed and how intricately it is placed and often woven onto the head.
For Samoan taupou's and manaia - the tuiga is the crowning glory of the cultural attire for a taualuga, or a ceremonial occasion as seen in this beautiful piece.
Digital Fāgogo is a Pacific storytelling series, looking at the ancient arts of the Moana which are brought to life through the skills of 8 different creators of Pasifika taonga.
From the tuiga of Samoa, to plaiting skills from Rotuma, the tikanga of lei making in Hawaii and the weaving of the Cook Islands - this series aims to connect young Pacific Islanders with their heritage arts and culture.