Tunakaimanu Fielakepa Tonga

2020 Prince Claus Laureate

Tunakaimanu Fielakepa (1936)

Tunakaimanu Fielakepa is a committed activist for Tonga’s living cultural heritage, its language, traditions, values and customs. Alongside her lifetime involvement in education and community development, she is an expert on koloa, the textile arts of Tongan women. She works with communities to sustain and revitalise all aspects of this unique practice, and contributes through research, exhibitions and publications to maintaining and promoting koloa’s social and aesthetic value in Tongan society.

Tunakaimanu Fielakepa at Langafonua Womens Centre Nukualofa Tonga 2020 Mary Lyn Fonua

Photo credit: Mary Lyn Fonua