Triangular-shaped fan with RITO fringe along upper edge; separate handle made from a length of pandanus tree prop root (AKA FARA). The main part of the fan is plaited using processed pandanus leaf strips (RAUFARA) and red- and blue-dyed dried PURAKA stalk (FA PURAKA). Handle is covered with a wide strip of pandanus leaf, secured with a length of red-dyed PURAKA stalk. RITO fringe is machine stitched inside the top band.
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female fan
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
L420 x W340 x 10 mm
Plant fibre, cotton
History and use
This type of decorative fan is used by women on special occasions, including church-going on Sundays. This fan was made and formerly owned by Mama Tupou, Tauhunu village, Manihiki.
The fan was acquired by James Cook University in 1986, and tranferred to Queensland Museum in 2004.