Thea nuit quand je dors, I reflected and when the models are, I write and cut. When I start a tifaifai I'll draw my motive on a sheet and after I cut. I freehand. I have not been to school. I started doing tifaifai at the age of 17 years.

It came like that, when I saw my cousins ​​work on tifaifai, it is like that that I had envy to make tifaifai, like this, all alone ! I cut a tifaifai, but the first tifaifai, I did not get and then we made groups moms to make tifaifai, six women.

All the weeks, are cut tifaifai. That's how I started to love. You must love. If thou lovest your work, it just comes. But young people say this is too hard, it hurts back. I do not think anything, everything on the tifaifai ; I love tifaifai !
It's my pleasure. After that it should sneak, I do not like when there are a lot of people. I have to be alone. When I'm sewing, I'm already thinking in make another.

When I make a I redo longer the same. I loves well create. When it is finished of sneak, you must sew. It is long ! Simple patterns : one month, and a half months, the most difficult : three to six months. The most difficult thing is the reason. I come from Tuamotu, we do me has not learned to sewing, it is I who have learned. I invented points.

When people ask me the name, d do not know. I say « Point Paumotu », because I'm paumotu. I tifaifai tables. I prefer to tables, I do not know why, I love making paintings. When I make a tifaifai, I'm happy !

Realization : Jacques Navarro
Realization : Jacques Navarro Production : DPI
Type : Series magazines

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