I was lucky enough to visit with this family in Vuna Village on the garden island of Taveuni in Fiji. The mother is known for weaving lovely floor mats and ceiling covers. All the village women work hard to prepare pandanus leaves by boiling them, stripping them with shells to remove thorny edges, then drying the leaves on racks for several days until they are dry enough to weave into mats. Our guide enticed this group into conversation with us, something that was pleasurable for us all.
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