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.
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”.