Tonga is popularly known as the “friendly islands”. Though it’s just a speck on the world map, the natural richness of this nation make it a real “Treasure Island”.
The islands of Tonga overflow with flora and fauna. Venture into the “bush” and you are likely to see Tongan nature displayed in all it’s unique splendour. While the fruit and nut trees dance to the rhythm orchestrated by the winds; a variety of birds adorn their branches. Sometimes these birds as so in sync with the movement of the trees, that from a distance they look like leaves!
A quick peek into it’s surrounding ocean reveals a plethora of aquatic life! The mighty humpback whale bobs in and out of the water swishing its tail, while the gentle ocean turtles sunbathe on the foamy edge of the waves. The sleek sharks cruise around and the elusive octopus is a special, rare sighting deep in the heart of the ocean.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Acrylic Paint
Size: 15.7 (l) x 23 (b) inches