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High Demand on Shell Money

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High Demand on Shell Money

Post by shammy on Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:49 pm

19th February,2008

The demand on shell money in Solomon Islands is currently very high not just in the country but also abroad.

Traditionally, shell money is used for bride price and the traditional ceremonies but in the modern market, these crafts are commercialized as jewelleries and often gifts for souvenirs.

Within the Solomons, the shell money is known to be originally from Langalanga lagoon in Malaita Province.

Whilst the obvious high demand is good sign for the shell money makers, it has been revealed that shells are running out.

There is growing concern as shell money makers realise the shortage.

Speaking with one woman from Langalanga, Margaret Fulton Waruka told Solomon Times that because of the high demand, "shells are not enough in the lagoon".

"In the past, the people of Langalanga collect shells from the sea but now, they have to buy the shells from Isabel and Western provinces," Mrs. Waruka said.

She said that this however does not solve the problem "because the shortage is being experienced everywhere".


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