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Our ‘Considered Collections’ contribute to the growth and economic development of the communities and artisans of Papua New Guinea.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
FOCUS ON TRADE NOT AID - CONNECTING THE INFORMAL TRADITIONAL ARTISANS WITH CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
Latitudes 0° and 12°S, Longitudes 140° and 160°E.
Papua New Guinea comprises about 600 small islands and has some 5,150 km of coastline; only 13 per cent of people live in urban areas. PNG is also home to over 1,000 indigenous languages, thought to be more than any other country in the world. And although the GDP of the country has grown the household average income has stayed fairly static. Again this is due to the informal nature of the economy.
The Pacific has in its hands a rich undiscovered tapestry of artisanal skills, knowledge and creativity
Rope making is a way of life; a skill that is passed on from parents to children, not only to carry out the legacy of the family but for survival and a means to a livelihood. Epalia with his wife, weave and sell baskets made from rattan sourced from their home Province, to sustain their family in urban Port Moresby and strive to instil an honourable life style while utilising skills from the past.
“weaving the knots and joins in basket weaving is similar to the connections we have in family ties and networks plus the spaces in between reminds us of boundaries that are reflected in values in how we live our lives”.
The Trobriand Islands or ‘ The Trobes’ are a series of low set Islands in the Milne Bay Province found in the Solomon Sea. An array of master carvers reside on these islands, and their skills and artistry are both intricate and beautifully symbolic.
CONSIDERED BY real has collaborated with Thomas Toyamina and Mila Milamala from the Trobriand Islands along with Australian designer Darcy Clarke, designers from Gensler Sydney to develop the totem light a show piece to any interior space. Thomas and his carvers are now creating carved light shades, salad bowls and servers, side tables and coffee tables all bespoke, handcrafted and unique to the discerning consumer who appreciates master craftspeople.
“We want to be able to grow the business to a level where we have regular and on going orders, so we can continue to practice our craft and create products with our signature carvings to go into homes around the world.” ‘ Thomas Toyamina