|Made from||Masi (inner bark of the paper mulberry tree)|
|Size||Approx. 7cm wide by 21 cm tall (including black backing)|
|Copyright||Images and text © Maria Rova|
Beach at sunset bookmark
This hand-painted bookmark, showing a Fijian beach at sunset, is made from traditional Fijian barkcloth or 'masi' and comes in 4 colours.
Fijian ‘masi’ is produced by village women on islands such as Vatulele. A renewable resource, masi is made by harvesting strips of bark from specially grown paper-mulberry trees. Each piece takes days to process, involving repeated pounding, soaking and stretching. These traditional skills are passed on from generation to generation, with certain clans being considered the experts in masi-making. The uneven quality of the masi reflects its handmade origin.
Masi bookmark is mounted on black card, which can be gently removed from backing when ready to use.