Lashing technique performed on bamboo.
Culture, tradition, heritage and family. These words highlight the importance and characteristics for Polynesian families. In my last post, I outlined how my project focused on the community and the richness of Pacific Island culture, and during the project I came to meet two very talented young men who run an organization known as The Roots: Creative Entrepreneurs. Waikare and Martin offered me the opportunity to take part in some of the local projects they were doing over the break. At the events, we learnt about weaving, lashing and carving. The work was done solely by volunteers over multiple weekends and this went to show how valuable a community, the partnership, this “family” was to the Polynesian people. The work was done by individuals of all age groups, from primary school students to veteran master carvers. The pieces were usually fabricated at local leisure centres and the final pieces were showcased at the Pasifika Events Festival. Thank you Waikaere and Martin for this wonderful opportunity.