Masi / Barkcloth is a non-voven product, made by the beating of the inner-bark of the mulberry tree over an anvil to form a compacted web of fibre. The earliest such cloth dates back 3000 years BC and was found in Malaysia. This type of product was also found in South America and Middle America.
Take a closer look at this hat, or maybe it is rather a helmet that was used as an armitage. I saw this strange and quite unique helmet in the Fiji-museum in Suva : It is the body of a fish that has hundreds of sharp thorns on it and that way it obviously seemed to be a perfect means of defence.
Unfortunately there was no further explanation given there !
Some of the local men wear kilts and one of the possibilities to see such kilts is of course the guard in front of the presidents palace in Suva (see it in my last picture), but when you are lucky you might even see a local policeman in a kilt, like in my other photos.
I took these photos of the policeman with a trick, but I am sure they would also pose for a photo if you simply ask them.
Bula is the local word for "hello, how are you?" and you will hear it all over the island and even in the streets of quite a large town of Suva a lot of people will great tourists in the streets.
It is always ment in a friendly way, and almost never it is just a way to get in contact with a potential customer. When-ever you go inside a shop and just take a look around without buying anything they still stay nice and friendly and I also found lots of local people who like to chat with tourists !