13 Mar 2016

Tapa artists

From Standing Room Only, 1:34 pm on 13 March 2016

Mother and daughter  tapa artists Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies are determined to bring back the traditional art form to their home village in Tonga.

They worked with local women of Falevai where the practise had all but died out, to create a tapa, or ngatu. They'll be talking about the project and what they hope will come from it, at the upcoming Pacific Arts Association International Symposium. Falevai Flava (First Glimpse) is the name of the work.

'Faka Fo`ou' opens at the Northart gallery in Northcote tomorrow.

Lynn Freeman talks to both artists about their work.