Sihot’e Nioge: When Skirts Become Artworks

Omie Tapa (painted, beaten, bark cloth) artists; Oro Province, Papua New Guinea

An exhibition celebrating the Omie origin story of Papua New Guinea - the making of the first skirt or nioge.

"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 and 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 society could now begin."

One of the most colourful techniques for painted beaten barkcloth in the Pacific region, the nioge practice continues to this day. The show explores the history and tradition of nioge tapa – presenting works by Omie Tapa artists created from the inner bark of rainforest trees and dyes from the natural world. 

Location Event  Date
Caloundra Regional Gallery Exhibition 21 October – 4 December 2022
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Launch Thursday 20 October, 6-8pm

Acknowledgement

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