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Saturday 4 November 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in 52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023, Art, Features, Go Local, National


Seamstresses sew up a storm for Forum Meeting volunteers
The wonderful sewing ladies at Tuki’s Pareu. MELINA ETCHES/23110315

The 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting has brought a flurry of activity to the island’s seamstresses as they sew up a storm to diligently produce uniforms for the workers engaged in organising the Forum.

Sewing machines at Tuki’s Pareu have been whirring away to meet their garment orders from government organisers and individual customers.

Five seamstresses have been busy working on sewing garments for the weeklong Forum, which starts on Monday next week.

Tuki’s Pareu manager Natasha Wright said the organisers had approached her early on to handle the task of sewing the uniforms for the ushers, drivers, liaison officers, Forum staff, and other members of the organising team.

She said the delay was in finding their personnel for the Forum to be measured for their garments.

Due to the limited time available, Wright explained that they did not bring in additional fabric and instead asked their customers to choose from the existing fabric they had in store.

Wright said they only accepted tasks that they were capable of completing within their capacity.

Despite this additional workload, they managed to accommodate everyone while still attending to their regular customers.

Wright expressed gratitude for the opportunity to provide their sewing services to the Forum.

“We are very fortunate that they have decided to use our sewing services and fabric. It has been spread across so everyone is getting a piece of the pie,” she said.

Wright added the experience has been good, with each customer deciding on their own style for their garments.

“And we make them look pretty in their dresses,” she added.