And once again the pageant has failed for the second time to produce the
true origin and the true meaning of a PULETASI, the criteria for the
PULETASI has somehow been disregarded
But why has it been neglected? Is our Puletasi no longer considered one of
the imperative parts of our Fa’aSamoa as a whole?!
I am not only stressing this because of how last year’s puletasi was poorly
marked and judged but also and importantly because this type of behaviour
can greatly decrease the value of our culture and for some reason this
situation is becoming a reccuring matter that must be addressed :
-My first concern is for our culture. I am incredibly proud to be part of an
island nation that takes much pride in their FA’ASAMOA, but evidently our
FA’ASAMOA is slowly becoming inferior to the modern influences, initially
to the fact that the PULETASI is one of Samoa’s very important aspect of
the Fa’aSamoa culture.
A true tama’ita’i Samoa is defined by the way she carries herself, and
especially her attire,the puletasi plays an enormous role in identifying a
Samoan lady aswell as our culture, in the criteria set out by the committee
of the pageant, it clearly states that it must be appropriate with no slits
or splits showing skin.
If you are a true Samoan, you’d know for a fact
that a proper puletasi is sewn to fit the formal dress code for various
events, it is made to cover up your skin so that your honour as a tamaitai
Samoa is well protected and at the same time depicting in the various
prints and designs the other facets of our culture, the PULETASI alone
shows the type of woman/lady that you are ,a woman that treats people with
respect,humility and integrity and she is also given respect by people.
This attire sets Samoa apart from other island nations,mainly because the
PULETASI originated from our very own homeland of Samoa therefore we are
responsible for preserving this Measina Samoa.
If we DO NOT adhere to the true origin of how the PULETASI is meant to be
sewn and worn then we are allowing our culture and heritage to become
I hope to be the voice for people whose voices go unheard and hopefully my
voice is given attention to and that WE won’t be discarded.
Ma lo’u fa’aaloalo lava faafetai.
(This Letter to the Editor has been published just as it was submitted, in it’s unedited format.)
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