Artist creates shoe from coconut leaves

    A coconut leaf shoe that has been welcomed to Facebook as a bit of fun and some have asked what sizes are available so they could order a pair. Photo/Facebook

    As Tongan Language Week comes to a close, social media users have been praising a picture of a shoe  made of coconut leaves that has appeared online.

    The photo was posted to Facebook by Ngaluafē ‘Ulupano. He has yet to respond to our request for comments.

    The idea surrounding the creation and the design and who made it is unknown to Kaniva News.

    Although it’s quite obvious the shoe is not intended to be worn, the work of art received several approvals on Facebook.

    Many said its appearance came at the right time as Tongans in Aotearoa mark Tongan Language Week.

    The theme of the Tongan Language Week is “to enrich Aotearoa with Tongan arts”.

    The creations and designing of art using coconut leaves is not uncommon in Tonga and other Pacific Islands.

    Islanders can make items out of coconut leaves such as fans, eye-glasses, whistles, baskets and many others, but the shoe design is new to many.

    The coconut leaf shoe was welcomed to Facebook as a bit of fun and some have asked what sizes are available so they could order a pair.

    The Tongan Language Week will be concluded today and a free public talk is scheduled for this evening in Onehunga led by Professor Hūfanga ‘Ōkusi Māhina and others to mark the end of the historical week.

    The main points

    • As Tongan Language Week comes to a close, social media users have been praising a picture of a shoe made of coconut leaves that has appeared online.
    • The photo was posted to Facebook by Ngaluafe ‘Ulupano.
    • The idea surrounding the creation and the design and who originally made it is unknown to Kaniva News.
    • Some commentators said its appearance came at the right time as Tongans in Aotearoa mark Tongan Language Week.

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