The creativity of the Society island's many skilled artists and craftsman is impressive and varied.
Some of the more common examples of work include painting, woodcarving, working with shells and pearls in a thousand ways, and tattooing, but there are other specialties as well...
This page is intended to display the unique skills of the artists of Raiatea & Tahaa islands, in particular. All have their own unique styles and products.
Here, you can also read about generalized information for arts and crafts on all the Tahitian islands.
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Local Artists & Craftsmen
Raiatea & Tahaa have a good amount of unique and highly talented artists considering the lack of tourism on their islands. The reasons for this could
be many... Both island's beauty and solitude is certainly a factor, although other islands
are also spectacular and quiet... Maybe its the scent of vanilla, or the view of Bora bora?
Whatever the reasons, Raiatea & Tahaa have an influence over it's creative inhabitants
that makes them capable of producing some world class art.
important part of the culture of the Polynesian islands is tattooing. South
Pacific Islanders have been decorating their bodies with symbolistic art for
many hundreds of years, if not thousands... In fact, it's popularly believed
among historians that the first and oldest Tattoos known to man were from the
South Pacific Islands, (probably the Marquesas).
Today's Polynesian tattoo specialists benefit
from the new and safe techniques of modern tattooing, yet most are proud to
continue working with the traditional art motifs and themes of their ancestors. This makes for unique tattooing. If you've ever wanted a tattoo, Raiatea is a
great place to get one... Work with one of these tattoo artists on something
that means something special to your life.
the diversity and creativity of Raiatea & Tahaa's unique artists and craftsmen!
Local artists on Raiatea and Tahaa sell their products and services at whatever forums are available to them, just as most artists do anywhere else... Much of what is produced on these islands in particular can be also be found in artisan centers in Tahiti and Bora bora, as well as various galleries, resort hotels, and boutiques found throughout French Polynesia.
In these galleries, you'll see lots of woodcarvings, shell and pearly items, black pearl related jewelry, paintings and sculptures, and other assorted styles of Polynesian related artistry. Art options range from the affordable souvenir for the economically
challenged to fine, one of a kind pieces for the more affluent collector.
Upon purchasing a peice of art you're not only acquiring a beautiful slice
of original Polynesian culture but also supporting the local
Here's a list of the local galleries on the island:
Apooiti Marina- RAIATEA, Telephone- (689)
Wooden boxes, paintings, lithographies, hand painted fabrics, shirts, bed cushions, jewelry, pearls, gifts...
Uturoa- RAIATEA, Telephone- (689) 66.12.66
Paintings, scrimshaw, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, lithographies, wood and stone carvings, gifts, more...
There is also an "Arts and Crafts Association" on Raiatea:
HAWAIKI NUI (HANDCRAFTS) FEDERATION
Located at the Uturoa airport and the Maritime harbour,
Contact: Yolanda HAHE PO Box 299- 98 735 Uturoa- RAIATEA
Tahitian Handicrafts gifts and objects.Telephone- (689)
66.12.37/ 66.33.03, Fax-(689) 66.19.81
Don't miss our SHOPS & BOUTIQUES section for more options of gift buying and art ideas...
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