Across the islands, the handicraft markets offer varieties of arts & crafts that are fresh, both contemporary and traditional, authentic, the latest trends, each craft having its own story and meaning behind its making. Some traditional island carvings are a popular purchase among the thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. These carvings are made of wood, stone, coral or volcanic materials. They are occasionally painted, and are in the shapes of canoes, bowls, animals, birds and fish. The islanders will also craft masks, weavings such as baskets and mats, and some pottery is still produced, as well as a great deal of traditional jewelry and clothing.

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