Thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for hosting this Challenge of Travel Blog Hop
First off, I must admit that I wasn’t really sure where Oceania was located.
But I liked the sound of it because it contained the word “ocean” in it, so I figured that I probably could not go wrong with a little arm-chair travel to any place surrounded by an ocean.
Since living in the Mojave desert, any body of water (even mud puddles) have become particularly appealing to me.
I chose to go with the surprise element and the luck of the draw (so Vegas!)
The country that I was provided to work with is Tonga.
Which by the way, is officially known as “The Kingdom of Tonga”.
I proceeded to research a little about the place. The things that I found fascinating about Tonga are as follows:
Those folks really appear to know how to enjoy a feast.
So, I decided I could most likely live there based on that fact alone because I really enjoy eating.
(photo credit www.symoonraker.com)
It is a refuge for the humpback whales and you can actually swim along side them!
(Photo credit to William Warmus)
They make the most amazing fabric designs using mulberry tree bark and decorate them with organic dyes.
These hand made works of art are called Tapa.
I know if I went there for a visit, I’d just have to get my hands into that action.
(photo from www.pacifictapa.blogspot.com)
There are 170 islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga.
But I think I read that there are now 171 because a volcano erupted and busted one island in half.
(map from wikipedia)
The people in Tonga are very conservative especially when it comes to the manner of dress.
Women must dress modestly (upper arms covered, skirts at knee length or longer.)
On special occasions, the woman wear a decorative girdle over their dresses called a kiekie.
It can be woven or just long strips of material.
(photo from wikipedia)
I based my designs for the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop on the humpback whale theme and a spin off of the kiekie.
Tonga Whale Tail Wire Wrap Earrings (white coral and seed beads)
Tonga Whale Tail Macrame Necklace (Buffalo Bone, White Coral and Seed Beads)
Tonga “KieKie” Necklace (White Coral, Seed Beads, Chain, Misc. Beads)
Reverse Side of the “KieKie” Necklace (You know how I like to do that both sides wearable.)
And it is really comfortable to wear!
Tonga “KieKie” Macrame Earrings
Tonga “KieKie” Macrame Bracelet
And yup, it is reversible too.
Here is your free pass for more global travel, hop on board:
Inge von Roos
Shelley Graham Turner
Laren Dee Barton
Kathleen Lange Klik
Federated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappelle
D Lynne Bowland
Papua New Guinea
http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)