The Ministry Of Home Affairs in cooperation with Kaleko Barava Fashion Weekend are calling on locals to share ideas on a Solomon Islands National Dress.

These ideas put forward by the public will help to determine the judging criteria for contestants entering the National Dress category of the Kaleko Barava Na Fashion Weekend and will also help Cabinet to choose a National Dress that reflects Solomon Islanders.

Solomon Islands have been without a National Dress since independence in 1978 unlike other pacific island countries that identify themselves with a national outfit.

Successive Solomon Islands governments have been talking about the idea of having our own National Dress but no one seems to take serious action on the issue.

A National Dress is a form of identity when Solomon Islanders travel to other places.

The Kaleko Barava Na Weekend fashion show which is organised as a build up to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) will help the government decide on our National Dress.

Those interested in designing the National Dress can submit their ideas in writing to the Festival of Pacific Arts Office before the end of March or call 24530 for more information.