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Artists studying the practise of Fijian female tattooing

September 19, 2015 8:56 pm

Five Fiji born artists living in Australia and New Zealand have started a vital research and study into the practice of Fijian female tattooing.

Tattooo artist Margaret Aull says traditional female tattoo initiated in Fiji, but the knowledge of this skill has disappeared over the years.

Aull and four other artists are undertaking a two week creative research project to find out, discuss and generate appreciation for this lost art.

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“We have started with ourselves, looking at our own gyneology and our own historical background of Fiji. It’s been a particular interest because the artwork has been lost so much.”

Margaret Aull says the ancient and now lost tattoo art of vei-qia is part of our cultural heritage that was unique to Fiji and they hope to one-day revive it.

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