Then, she spent a semester in Suva, Fiji. She took classes at the University of the South Pacific and lived with a local family. While there, she wrote a research paper on the function vs. form of native Fijian art, looking at the impact that the tourist market has had on Fijian arts and crafts. She brought me home some beautiful tapa. I plan to frame and hang them in my living room.
As a bonus, she also brought me a bed spread with two pillow shams. The spread and shams represent the Indian influence in Fiji. The family she lived with was Indian-Fijian or Rotuman. And fortunately for her, she loves Indian food and the family (like my daughter) was vegetarian. She did get sick of Roti and Dal by the time she returned home though.