31 May 2017

Tongan wear moving away from traditional materials

From , 5:03 am on 31 May 2017

Studs, spikes and bling will be replacing traditional coconut shells and pandanus leaves at a fashion show in Auckland this weekend.

A Tongan designer has put a modern twist on traditional island garments to encourage New Zealand's young Tongans to wear them.

Sela Jane Aholelei reports.

Kanumez kiekies

Kanumez kiekies Photo: David Watson Photography and Kourtney Chante Photography