Sihot’e Nioge: When Skirts Become Artworks

Omie Tapa (beaten barkcloth) artists; Oro Province, Papua New Guinea

This exhibition celebrates the Omie Peoples’ sacred tapa making tradition. Sacred because the very first tapa or beaten bark cloth is central to the Omie peoples' creation and origin story.

"When the first man to arrive on Earth, Mina, told the first woman, Saja, to go down to the river, find the right tree, remove its bark, beat it on the river stones, then soak it in mud; together they were setting up the first Omie, cultural ritual. Saja came back wearing it, thus sanctifying the first marriage. Omie tapa, both painted and appliquéd, is the most dramatic, colourful and compositionally diverse in the Pacific region."

Their two traditional styles, the nioge and sihot'e are presented to you in this exhibition in infinite variation.

Location Registration Cost  Event  Date and time
Caloundra
Regional
Gallery
Not required Free Exhibition  Friday 21 October to
Sunday 4 December,
during gallery hours 
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$20 Coconut Oil Making
and Food Tasting
 
Friday 25 November,
6.00-8.00pm
Caloundra
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$25 Weaving Circle  Saturday 26 November,
11.00am-1.00pm
Caloundra
Regional
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Register Free Curator/Author Talk
Tuesday 29 November,
10.30am-12.00pm
Caloundra
Regional
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$45 Natural Fibre Sandles
& Jewellery Workshop
 
Saturday 3 December,
10.00am-2.00pm

Acknowledgement

Omie Tapa Art PNG (Omie Cultural Business Group PNG Inc) and Joan Winter Baboa Gallery.