24 Mar 2016

The art of traditional Fijian female tattoo

From Upbeat, 1:20 pm on 24 March 2016

The practice of Fijian female tattooing dates back to the 1800s, but was lost following the arrival of missionaries and  has been something of a taboo subject for many years. Now a new exhibition in Auckland is shedding light on the practice.

Juliette Sivertsen visits The Veiqia Project and talks with curator Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo about the role of tattoo in the cultural identity of Fijian women and why the story behind it is so important to share:

"This exhibition has really opened up that table of discussion for girls to re-look at their own heritage and be proud of something that was part of them hundreds of years ago" ~ Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo.

The tip of the tool used in Fijian female tattooing - made from lemon thorn, which is antiseptic

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