Toga is made from plant fibre and feathers. Valued by the quality of the weave and softness and shine of the material. Has an unwoven fringe and a strip of red feathers.
Commonly referred to in English as 'fine mats'. 'ie toga is wrapped around the body and secured with a tapa sash called vala or fusi. An 'ie toga is the highest ranking item in the Samoan gift exchange system. It is passed from family to family and greatly valued.
Read more information about 'ie toga here https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/91919
Date: 20th Century
Maximum Dimension: 1200mm
Subject Area: Social Science, taonga
Subject Themes: Ceremony, Clothing, Marriage, Craft
Handling Collection Number: HC207