This is a common souvenir purchased by visitors to Tonga. However, fans are common to Pacific life. Using an intricate weave, women would use pandanus, coconut and palm leaves, which are hand cut and sun-bleached. Natural vegetal dyes would provide additional colour. The addition of bark cloth to the palm weave makes this an interesting item.

Object Summary

Museum Number 7/1983/11
Simple Name accessory
Full Name hand fan
Common Name fan
Production country Tonga
Material vegetable fibre; bark; vegetable fibre
Collection class Clothing and accessories
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1975
Function name personal object