Saturday, July 24, 2021

Traditional costumes attract attention at the Olympic opening ceremony

Pita Taukatofua is attracting attention after the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic. The boy is famous for his topless image, glossy oil, wrapped only in Ta'ovala carpet.

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Recently, the image of Pita Taukatofua appeared flooded on social networks. At the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, he went topless, oiled his body and carried the flag to lead the Tonga sports delegation. Before that, this man also attracted the media when he did not wear anything except the Ta'ovala carpet, the national traditional costume at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: Cbs42.
The athlete's homeland is the Tonga Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, between New Zealand and Hawaii. The archipelago has about 170 islets scattered over an area of 700,000 square kilometers. This place is famous for its sea full of whales, dolphins, poetic scenery but has not yet attracted many tourists. Photo: Mestaliteerle.
The traditional costume worn by Pita Taukatofua is called Ta'ovala. It is likened to a Western suit and tie. Government employees must wear this dress to show respect. There are different types of Ta'ovala for people to wear on certain occasions, the most common material being the leaves of the pandan tree. Photo: Joy Taumoefolau.
The Tongans use a braid called Kafa tied at the waist when wearing Ta'ovala. Both men and women can use this craft. Traditionally, Kafa is braided from coir in different ways. Therefore, each one has its own, unique design. Some kafas are made from the hair of deceased relatives, so they are highly valued and cherished by the family. Photo: Discovertonga_.
Similar to Kafa, Kiekie is like a belt wrapped around a woman's waist. They use it even when wearing modern clothes. Kiekia is decorative and is used daily. When participating in festivals and dancing, women choose Kiekia with more prominent and colorful colors. Photo: RNZ.
During her visit to Tonga, Duchess Meghan Markle wore the country's traditional dress. Photo: Getty Images.

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