Lolotonga ‘Etau Tatali – While We Wait
This research project entails an embodied practice of unfolding my family koloa through print design, contemporary ngatu and garment making. As a daughter of Tongan women, I acknowledge my responsibility to koloa by utilising motifs and repetition in my designs. My research is centred on the methodology of fakafetongi which brings forward connections to my tohihokohoko . This project seeks to develop, protect, and preserve traditional Tongan textile-making processes by amalgamating traditional and new methods of making. I explore the preparation of what I will contribute to our family koloa, which is ultimately for my nieces to unravel when they are ready.