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Documentary highlights the ancient Samoan craft of sennit making

Documentary highlights the ancient Samoan craft of sennit making

Updated 11 November 2013, 12:26 AEST

Since ancient times, one of Samoa's most important cultural products has been making traditional buildings more resilient to storm damage.

But the traditional craft of making and lashing with sennit, a cord made from coconut husk fibres, is now on the decline in the islands.

It is still made in a few villages by older men and Samoan documentary film-maker Steven Percival is endeavouring to capture the knowledge while it is still there.

His photo essay 'O Le 'Afa Samoa - Samoan Sennit', documents the making of sennit; its use in buildings; and highlights the construction of a traditional 'fale', at the Tiapapata Art Centre in Apia.

Presenter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Steven Percival, documentary maker

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