Pacific Island exhibitors create buzz in the Big Apple

22/03/2016

Pacific Island exhibitors displaying their wares at a New York trade show this week have generated much interest among visitors to the show. The Artisan Resources @ NYNOW Tradeshow, held twice a year in New York City attracting more than 30,000 buyers from over 80 countries began on January 31 ends on February 3.

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Four small Pacific businesses are showcasing their goods at the popular trade show for the first time. The companies come from Samoa, Solomon Islands and Fiji - and were selected from more than 50 others participate at the coveted show. At least one of them appears to have scored a significant win (see link at end of story).

The four companies are Plantation House (Samoa), Nautilus Books &amp; Gifts (Solomon Islands), Sigavou Studios (Fiji) and Rise Beyond The Reef (Fiji).

According to a Pacific Community (SPC) communique, Plantation House is a home décor, accessories and fashion business using hand printed elei fabric infused with Pacific inspired designs. The designer and owner behind Plantation House is Marita Wendt.

Nautilus Books &amp; Gifts is a retail and wholesale business in Solomon Islands that specialises in high quality Solomon Islands carving, buka ware baskets and shell money jewellery. Nautilus is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Naomi Tozaka and Richard Majchrzak.

Sigavou Studios, run by Fijian artist Maria Rova, creates original, hand-painted artwork on Fijian masi (barkcloth) made by women from Ekubu village on the remote island of Vatulele in Southern Fiji. Maria works with a team of young emerging artists and studio technicians who assist with the design and production of hand-painted limited edition art on bark cloth and silk.

Rise Beyond the Reef, a Fijian non-profit, works with rural women through their Traditional Contemporary Arts &amp; Crafts Income Generating Programme. The programme provides rural remote women with an opportunity to practice their traditional skills and earn a sustainable income to support their families.

The project is managed by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Samoa Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture and Tourism along with the Fiji Arts Council, Samoa Arts Council and Solomon Islands Arts Alliance. It is backed by funding from the European Union.

One of the small business owners Marita Wendt of Plantation House from Samoa may have scored a major customer, reports Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme. Listen Ms Wendt here: <a href="http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-01/pacific-companies-see-some-success-at-new-york/7129076">http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-01/pacific-companies-see-some-success-at-new-york/7129076</a>

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