Swish: carved belts & fibre skirts of Papua New Guinea
Pacific Presences, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
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Lilje, E. (2017). Swish: carved belts & fibre skirts of Papua New Guinea. [Other]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.13732
This exhibition brochure introduces a general audience to fibre skirts & carved bark belts from the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Today people in PNG wear Western styles of clothing, however, in many areas traditional clothing, body decorations and dancing are used to mark special occasions. Historic photos and museum objects show that there are differences between old and present-day traditional artefacts. As lives and circumstances changed some things cease to have relevance for people, bark belts, appear to have fallen out of use by the late 1930s, while others, such as fibre skirts, continue to be made and used. The text proposes that aesthetic and material change in traditional things can show cultural continuity and that innovation and reinterpretation need not be seen as a loss of authenticity, as it is so often framed.
This brochure was produced to accompany an exhibition of the same name held in the Spotlight Gallery of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 26 September to April 2018. It introduces a general audience to fibre skirts & carved bark belts from the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea using historic and contemporary objects and photographs.
Bark belts, Fibre skirts, Museums, Exhibition, Tradition
Papua New Guinea
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.13732
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