Samoan Fine Mats


'Ie toga are the highest ranking Samoan fine mats. Because of their rank, value and importance it is only proper to separate this description from the other mats. It is often used for presentation or also in dress. In presentation 'ie toga is a flag of the matai, and similar to other flags the mat itself never lies on the ground. The 'Ie toga are named and associated with events which are apart of their significance. Associated with its value is the quality of the materials and the small size of the strips that are woven together making this mat the longest to complete. For some of the best 'ie toga it takes years to complete. 'Ie toga are the most valuable of all items exchanged by Samoans.