SAMOA RAISING BAR ON WOVEN MATS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 16) - The government in
Samoa has received public backing for its drive to stop inferior woven mats
being presented at public events.

The government wants to support the crafting of traditional fine
mats, "ie o le Malo" which are larger and more detailed than the
inferior mats which have come into fashion.

These mats are often rolled into bundles of ten before being
presented.

Now three matai from Solosolo say the bundles of poorer quality
mats will no longer be accepted by their village.

They say when the mats are unwrapped they are often damaged,
very small or not as numerous as promised.

The government wants to see ie o le Malo being displayed at
public events and for only one to be presented, in line with previous
traditional custom.

June 17, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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