13 May 2013

Samoa government to regulate fine mats

5:12 am on 13 May 2013

The use of fine mats in Samoa could soon be regulated under a government project to revive the traditional Samoan fine mat, or Ie Samoa.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the non-traditional mats are much larger than proper ones, and they are becoming more common at events around the country.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the larger mats are often of a poorer quality.

"Well they are traditional fine mats but they're not really fine. The one that the government is reviving now, this is the real Samoan fine mat. It's not too big, it's not too small. It's the right size that anyone can take to a funeral."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the Prime Minister is suggesting that the non-traditional mats could be exported for use overseas.