|Langafonua's fading red roof|
|Artisans gathered to brainstorm exciting new product designs|
At Langafonua, on the other hand, things are getting exciting. Last Friday marked the completion of a handicraft Product Design process course organized by the Tonga Business Enterprise Centre and taught by Chris Delany, as a first start of training to be provided by a new handicrafts project through my employer. The idea of the larger project is to strengthen the handicrafts sector here through two main areas: developing handicrafts' quality, marketability, and link with Tongan culture while at the same time working on improving market access, or ways that consumers buy the products.
|Lamps with beaten fibre lampshades being shown for auction|
|The successful workshop saw many creative uses of local natural fibres, including this tapa wall hanging for children learning their numbers|