Explore Samoan Art & Culture at Apia Handicraft Market
Aside from the historical villages of Samoa, a cultural destination favoured by visitors to the island is the Apia Handicraft Market. Featuring a wide range of traditional wear, arts & craft and even furniture, the Apia Handicraft Market is a destination not to be missed for those seeking to explore Samoan culture.
Samoan artifacts, traditional clothes, elei shirts, wooden sculptures, tanoa bowls, baskets and jewellery are among the many handicrafts found in the market.
One notable piece of Samoan art is Puletasi. A traditional Samoan dress worn by women of all ages, the Puletasi is typically worn during formal or cultural events. Its traditional yet intricate designs and flattering silhouettes have made the Puletasi a staple for visitors seeking souvenirs of their trip to Samoa.
Lava-lava, on the contrary, is more casual type of clothing worn daily. Much like the sarong, it is a rectangular piece of cloth worn by both men and women. The lava-lava is not only found in Samoa, but also American Samoa, Tonga and nearby islands. Adopt the local Samoan look on your holiday with one of the traditional lava-lava.
The Apia Handicraft Market is a 40 minute drive from the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort. Open Monday to Saturday, the market draws the most crowds on Saturdays, making Monday to Friday the best days to visit. A number of tours exploring the local villages and other cultural attractions are also available.
Contact our Concierge staff for more information on these tours or renting a car to visit the Apia Handicraft Market.