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Omie Barkcloth Art – Papua New Guinea


Sat 7 Jul 2018, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Sun 8 Jul 2018, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Mon 9 Jul 2018, 10:00am–5:30pm
Tue 10 Jul 2018, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 11 Jul 2018, 10:00am–5:30pm

Where: Japingka Gallery, 47 High Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: Annette Krah

A special exhibition of traditional textiles called barkcloth, decorated with tribal designs, produced by Omie Artists from the Oro Province in Papua New Guinea. ömie Artists (Inc.) is a cooperative of Ömie tribes women barkcloth painters from Oro Province in Papua New Guinea.

The story of barkcloth is embedded in the creation story of Suja, the first ancestor woman, who beat the original barkcloth from natural bushfibres. Barkcloth is made from the inner bark layers of rainforest trees. The fibrous sheets are pounded on rocks using palm mallets, then folded and stretched to make the cloth. Natural dyes are made from plants and applied.

Omie Artists from Oro Province in Papua New Guinea produce traditional textiles called barkcloth, which are decorated and painted with family and tribal designs. Barkcloths are traditionally used during important ceremonies and are also part of everyday life in the villages. Those on display have been produced by Ömie women for gallery exhibitions since the cooperative was founded in 2004.