Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Patchwork Patterns in Fijian printed textiles

There is an exhibition of Fijian artefacts at the Sainsbury Centre, an excellent museum at the university in Norwich. As there were few raw materials available to the islanders their skilled artisans made beautiful objects in wood and whale ivory, and textiles were made from plant fibres. Their barkcloth is beautifully stencilled and painted to produce large cloths which were used in ceremonies and given as treasured gifts. The patterns are geometric and there is lots of repetition..

There is a large bark cloth hanging in the reception area.

And a last piece that seemed to remind me of Diana Harrison's work.

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Thank you. Heather