Beautiful, intricate and skillful work. The people from Kapingamaringi in particular made these.
I have stood and watched them in their little village as they deftly wove strands of banana tree leaves, and incorporated the small shells into their designs. Most of these people now live in a poor shanty town on the island of Pohnpei near the mangrove swamps. They moved from their island to Pohnpei because it was devastated by a typhoon a number of years ago.