Model: outrigger vaka with sail, Fiji

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Dark wooden outrigger sailing vaka with rara (platform deck) with a valevale (deck hut) and tau (triangular decking at each end of vaka), a pair of vanvanda (strut) connecting diagonally from the head and end of hull to the rara, strengthening it, the rara is secured to hull with lashing.

A detachable vana (mast) with triangular latha (sail) woven of pandanas is attached to to two karikari (compound spars) by cord stitched through it to each, the yard is trimmed in green and red textile fibre, and decorated with black rectangle shapes created by a interwoven dyed length of pandanas through the latha along the leach edge.

The vana (mast) with veikuku (rounded heel) of the yard is placed into a vungakoto (rectangular ridged chock on deck), and topped by a decorative mast head.

The outrigger is attached to the thama (float) by kaso tu mata (outer booms) and a central kaso tu (medium boom), each secured by mangimangi (sennit; plaited coconut braid) lashing.
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Maker and role
Unknown: Maker
Wood: Hull
Pandanus: Sail
Natural Fibre: Rigging andn lashing
Measurement details
3D objects (HxWxD): H 350 x W 370 x D 200mm
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Not on display


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