|some of the most favoured Tongan Tapa designs|
Sila' o Tonga features the Tongan coat of arms, lions, an eagle and is bordered with Norfolk Pines.
Tokelau Felatoa is a symbolic representation of the cross section of a
Tuna, a fish associated in Tongan culture with bravery.
Fata'o Tui Tonga has an ancient traditional motif of divided squares,
representing the binding patterns of the roof of the King's house.
Manulua is possibly the oldest symbol appearing on Tongan Tapa, meaning
"like a bird". Possibly a flower symbol.
Pangaikafa Matahihifi means slanted eyes, a triangular motif
appearing in seemingly infinite variations. Often paired at the apex
Kalao bears a stylised representation of the Mapa seed pod (from which is obtained Tonga Oil).
Holo Paini is the motif representing the Norfolk Pines that line the street to the Royal Palace.
Leva illustrates the Leva berries. Varies between single
dots and clusters of three to five berries with leaves surrounding.
Taro illustrates the Taro plant.