Tapa cloth

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40578
Item name
Tapa cloth 
Category
Cloth/Textile
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Martha-Jean Uhamo (Dograrine)  
Associated cultural group
Ömie language 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Oro (Northern) Province
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Collector
Omie Artists 
Acquisition date
May 01, 2012 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Raft Artspace 
Raw material
bark cloth; natural pigments
Dimensions
H: 1230 mm W: 1010 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Misaje clan emblem of the river plant. Natural pigments on nioge (women's bark cloth skirt).

Research notes

Title: Misai - Misajé clan emblem of the river plant, 2011.

"The lines at the edges and the line that runs through the work are orriseege or 'pathways' and provide a compositional framework for the design. The design is misai, the Misaje clan emblem of the river plant. When Martha-Jean married her husband and became a part of his clan she was taught their clan-emblem by her mother-in-law. The chevrons or arrow-like designs that can be seen between the misai are Martha-Jean's uehorero, her own 'wisdom'" (Brennan King, Ömie Artists).

© the artist, courtesy of Ömie Artists.

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