Legumes, Pearls, and Oils: Exploring the Tahiti Local Market

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4 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    I’m not normally someone who likes shopping, but I found your post fascinating and inspiring. I would love to visit French Polynesia and this market. Never ever thought I’d ever say that I’d actually consider buying pearls. They look so cool!

    • Teja says:

      Yes! Exactly right! South Sea pearls aren’t boring and stuffy. Tahiti (and Rangiroa, which was a pearl farming centre) is a place where pearls are so abundant that they’ve thought of many ways to work it into stuff. Usually we only see the perfect expensive ones, worked into ‘posh people jewelry’, but here it’s also an everyday jewelry in any style you like because you’ve got thousands of pearls that don’t make the cut for posh jewelry so they’re cheap!

      I still wish I had forked out for a tattoed pearl, those were so unique. Definitely should have scheduled a no-regrets shopping day in Pape’ete before flying out!

  2. Lisa says:

    wow, what a beautiful handimarket! I always love visiting markets in each city I visit! The black pearls are so pretty!

    • Teja says:

      I have a friend who always goes to markets and supermarkets and I never really got it before. But I am learning to appreciate how much you can learn about daily life at markets now!

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