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Rarotongan fans (ta'iri) were plaited from coconut leaflets, a rough fan for ordinary use and a finer one of dressed leaflets for formal occasions. This example shows the continuation of Pacific weaving traditions in modern times. The fine weaving is made from the uncurled fiber of the coconut...

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1972, given by people of Rarotonga, Cook Islands to Governor Skinner and Dr. Skinner; 2009, gift of Dr. Skinner to the MFA. (Accession date: November 18, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Oceanic, Cook Islands, 1972


Overall: 30.5 x 35.6 cm (12 x 14 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Coconut leaf, shell


Africa and Oceania


Ceremonial artifacts