Discover the treasure chest of products created by the hands of Tahitian craftspeople working with wood, stone, plants, and cloth.
The skills of the ancestor's artistry are kept sacred and passed on by both the mamas - the guardians of tradition and the matriarchs of Tahitian society - as well as by skilled craftsmen.
Tahitian products are found throughout the islands at local stores, in markets, and at the artisan's studios.
Monoi oil: this delicate Tahitian oil is Tahitian women's beauty secret, widely used as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner. extracted from the copra (dried meat from the coconut), the oil is then infused with "Tiare" flower, vanilla or sandalwood. Nowadays, it comes in a wide range of exotic scents. It is commonly used for massages.
Handcrafts: intricate carvings of stone; wooden drums, bowls, platters, and sculptures carved from precious native woods; and elaborate hats, purses, and mats woven from coconut and pandanus leaves, necklaces made from shells, corals, carved bones.
Original paintings of the water, bungalows, islands and people created by Tahitian and French resident artists.
Pareu (akin to Polynesian sarong) wrap-around: those created in Tahiti are hand dyed and brightly colored.
Handmade quilts: tifaifai crafted from traditional designs by the island matriarchs or "mamas".