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Handicrafts

Considered some of the finest artists and carvers in the Pacific, our decorative wood carvings, tattoos and tapa cloth designs have a distinctive Cook Islands touch.

The missionaries considered tattooing to be taboo in the mid-1800s, but fortunately it survived and is re-emerging in fine tradition. Hand-printed designs of pareus and mumu use carved wooden boards depicting traditional patterns, along with flora and fauna and sea life typical of the islands. Wood carving is revered and painting, a legendary island art form, is prevalent and popular. Weaving is part of everyday life and hats, fans and mats from both pandanus and rito are true local treasures. 

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