Lakiloko Keakea

Fafetu

Fafetu by Lakiloko Keakea

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This fafetu wall hanging is made from synthetic ribbon, cloth ribbon, wool and plastic cargo ties. The skeleton of the work consists of plastic cargo ties which are wrapped in a range of different coloured ribbon and plastic. The spaces are decorated with a variety of patterns in wool of different colours using the technique of tio, a type of crochet work, and lalanga, weaving using a needle. This is the first time that Lakiloko Keakea has made a fafetu of this size.

The artist first learned to make fafetu and other Tuvaluan artworks back home in 1977 when she joined a women’s arts group called Fakapotopotoga Fafine Tuvalu. Women from Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands traded and shared ideas; the star-shaped design and techniques used in making fafetu were influenced by Marshall Island women’s practices. Despite this, Keakea explains that for herself ‘Te fafetu te iloga o Tuvalu’ – ‘The fafetu is a symbol of Tuvalu.’

Title
Fafetu
Artist/creator
Production date
2012
Medium
synthetic ribbon, cloth ribbon, wool, plastic cargo ties
Size (h x w)
1150 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, commissioned 2012
Accession no
2013/6
Other ID
X2012/24/3 Old Accession Number
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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