Ruai


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A ruai is a basket that is woven from a palm frond and covered in bark cloth, called pinpin ina veko. The design is originally from Namatanai, an area not far from the Ngavalus village, though it has a different name. Over time, the people of Ngavalus adopted the design as well and called the finished product “ruai”. Though the end result is essentially the same, the people in Ngavalus have a different method of making the basket.

Coconut cream is sprayed on the palm fronds prior to weaving to bleach the basket as it dries in the sun. The coconut cream also acts as a preservative, making the baskets last longer. The dried baskets can also be soaked in salt water and left to dry which also works to preserve them.