Commonly worn by a taupou or manaia - the lead dancer of a Samoan performance, the tuiga is also seen on many other important occasions to signify the status of the family and village of the wearer.
Once made with the real hair of family members tightly woven into the scalp, the tuiga and its various components hold many meanings and metaphors.
Find out more about the ways this age old headdress has been worn and how these occasions have evolved over time, as this beautiful measina Samoa has moved into the modern world.
‘Cultural Refresh’ is a series that explores Moana cultural practices and taonga, presented for our new generations of young Pasifika people. -