Every stole I have worn, I have made. I take great pride in putting a new stole on and explaining the symbolism. Eseta Meneilly
Eseta Meneilly is a Uniting Church minister who migrated from Fiji in 1987. She makes her own ecclesiastical stoles that merge her Fijian heritage and her Christian faith. She uses elements of Fijian tapa design and Christian and Fijian symbols.
For Eseta, the stoles are an opportunity to connect with her congregation through her heritage and her needlework. In the stole on display, the conch shell calls people together and the boat is a symbol of Fiji.
Image source: Eseta Meneilly
Watch this video with a transcript