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Omie Barkcloth Art of PNG

November 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - December 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Ömie Barkcloth Art of Papua New Guinea
in association with Ömie Artists Inc. Oro Province, PNG at Aboriginal & Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney

Opening: Saturday 25 November, 3 – 5pm

Exhibition dates: 21 November – 9 December 2018

New works by senior artists and chiefs of Ömie Artists, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. This exhibition captures a special moment in time, with much of the art produced by pre-contact artists. Barkcloth is the traditional textile of the Ömie tribe. Women wear nioge (skirts) while men wear givai (loincloths). Barkcloth serves important purposes in marriage, funerary and initiation ceremonies as well as being an integral part of everyday life. Nioge have been produced by Ömie women for gallery exhibitions since the cooperative was founded in 2004. Ömie Artists is fully owned and governed by Ömie people. Five Art Centres service artists across twelve villages and each of the centres play a vital role by ensuring that the ancient traditions of barkcloth painting as well as traditional culture remain strong and by providing economic returns to their artists.

Image: Fate Savari (Isawdi), Amami nioge (sabu deje, mi’ija’ahe, ije bi’weje, moköjö bineb’e, dubidubi’e, nenyai, ohu’o mwe) – Cloth of the Ancestors (with spots of the wood-boring grub; animal bones; boys chopping tree branches; chest feathers of the red parrot; leaves of the dubi’e plant that grows on the mountaintop; women’s woven white shell headband; and gardens) 2017, natural pigments on nioge(barkcloth), 114 x 62cm.

More images are available on the Gallery website.


Aboriginal & Pacific Art Gallery – 1/24 Wellington St Waterloo NSW 2017

+612 9699 2211

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Open : Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 5pm






November 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am
December 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Aboriginal and Pacific Art
1/24 Wellington St
Waterloo, NSW 2017 Australia
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