The first component of our TAUMEASINA PROGRAM is the TUIGA CLASS, an 8-week course that teaches students how to design and create the Samoan tuiga. The course is facilitated by local tuiga-maker Gina Tafea (former Miss Samoa Victoria 1999, and Miss Samoa Australia 2000 also a contestant in Miss South Pacific 2000). At the completion of the 8-week course, an exhibit provides an opportunity for students to present their finished tuiga to the Pasefika community of Melbourne.
Photo: Kolove Katoanga-Passi working on her tuiga during class. May 2017, Sydenham VIC. (Photo: Copyright PICAA INC. 2017)
TUIGA CLASS photo gallery