Samoan Ula Nifo Junior Necklace
Perfect for Samoan Flag Day celebrations. This 17" long necklace can be used by students who are putting on a presentation. Not quite as refined as our standard 'Ula Nifo, an inch shorter, and made of smaller gauge pieces, they still give an authentic look to your dance group. It's a great deal and limited to stock on hand.
'Ula (necklaces) were made from a variety of natural products that included fresh leaves, scented flowers, fruit, seeds, shells and whales' teeth. Most are still commonly used today. Threaded together in various combinations, 'ula are worn for festive occasions and give as gifts to arriving or departing guests.
The whale-tooth necklace is the most valued of Samoan necklaces and is traditionally worn only by chiefs and their offspring. Anciently, the 'ula lei (ula nifo) were a symbol of status and wealth. Made from the teeth of the sperm whale, they were split and ground down into curved and pointed pendants. From there, they were smoothed and polished, threaded onto a cord and worn around the neck.
These replicas, originally made from whales' teeth, are now made from bone pieces, white plastic and threaded onto a nylon line.