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Local artists showcase their handicraft to HRH Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/06/2017

Tonga’s handicrafts are unique in the Pacific therefore it is vital for people to preserve this art as studies have shown the art fading especially the Tongan design/pattern – kupesi.

‘Anisi Bloomfield the acting CEO of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Innovation and labor highlighted the issue during a meeting by True Tonga Inc. where local artists showcased their handicrafts to HRH, Crown Princess – Sinaitakala Tuku’aho.

He adds, Tonga’s handicrafts are unique in many ways, because we do not copy other countries handicrafts but we use our own.

During the program local artists shared their experiences and opportunities received in working in this art.

Tevita Pola’apau and ‘Otolose Moa said, they never get tired of making handicrafts because they know they’re their own boss and they do their best for it will benefit them in many ways.

Tangiloto Po’oi spoke of the challenges they sometimes faced when doing their job.

This includes hatred and jealousy. She says it is important that everyone do their work, work together.

Yesterday’s program also saw HRH Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho presenting certificates in recognition of 3 women over the age of 80 who make handicrafts.

They include Latu Filimoehala 88-year-old of Ma’ufangaa, Sela Tu’itavuki 83-year-old of Ha’apai and Kolofo’ou, and Mele Tafuna from ‘Uiha and Ma’ufanga aged 84.

Certificates were also awarded by the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva to the best three handicrafts on display where Malia Lelenoa came first, ‘Ana Matoto was the first runner up and the Caritas Group from Ma’ufanga came 3rd.                       

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