Uakupenga and Kupengaua 2007
collection of the artist
Filipe Tohi is one of Tonga’s most esteemed artists, and an international expert on the history and practice of traditional Pacific lashing.
Using the principles of lalava (binding and lashing), he has constructed threedimensional sculptures that echo the inside and outside of fishing nets.
The construction of large fishing nets from plaited sennit (coconut fibre) was one of the traditional arts found throughout the Tongan Islands.