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Alternatively, the basket is used as a prepared food holder. Cooked food is placed in this basket on the floor of a village hut. If the basket is green, banana leaves will be placed between the food and the basket.
On the island of Pentecost in Vanuatu, many families now eat from commercially manufactured plates, however the taba basket is still utilized extensively for rubbish collection.
This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.