The production of tevau was painstaking and handled solely by a small and exclusive group of craftsmen, whose skills, believed to be spiritually inspired, were hereditary. Each coil of tevau required upwards of sixty thousand feathers, obtained from approximately 300 birds. After the first tevau making specialist has captured the honeyeaters and plucked their feathers a second man glues the feathers to grey pigeon feathers using sap. Finally, a third specialist binds the strips of feathers today to a belt-like fiber strip and wounds the monumental work into its distinctive coiled shape.
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