The Drua were the legendary war canoes of Fiji. Up to 30 metres long and carrying as many as 200 men, these craft struck awe into all who saw them.
The craftsmanship that went into these vessels was remarkable, and is reflected in the traditional handicrafts that exist in Fiji to this day – the hulls were carefully carved from wood, the huge sails that powered them were crafted from finely woven voivoi, the bindings that lashed them together were magimagi rope and the flags of the Chiefs who sailed upon them were of printed masi.
There are none of the large Drua left today, but the traditional materials they were made from are still in everyday use in Fiji and the skills used to craft them are handed down through the generations and we use these materials in the DRUA range.
Magimagi, coconut rope, is often seen tied in intricate decorative patterns around the wooden beams of Fijian buildings.
Masi, the papery cloth made from pounded mulberry bark, has a wonderful texture and when hand printed with traditional designs is the Tapa cloth which plays such a significant role in weddings, births and other life events.
Weaving from fibres such as voivoi remains a fine skill here – all over Fiji, women still weave; their handiwork can be seen everywhere from the mats found in all homes to baskets and bags, hats and fans and the walls of traditional bures.
These wonderfully textured mediums combine perfectly with the clean clear forms of glass in our Drua range of vases, decanters and carafes reflecting and recalling the traditional skills that went into creating the mighty seagoing Drua.