The Well Dressed Fireknife Dancer

There are no prescribed costumes for fireknife dancers, other than the lavalava or wrap-around that participants tie up and tuck like a swimming suit, so no hanging ends snag or hamper the twirling of the nifo oti.

patiMany dancers, however, also add other cultural touches such as various types of headbands made from flowers or shells and shredded leaves tied around the lower legs, and sometimes the waist and arms, which accentuate fireknife dance movements.