07 April 2013

Ko e Hala Hangatonu: The Straight Path


After the Kermadec Exhibition, the ideas started multiplying.

Last year, NZ artist Dame Robin White worked with Tongan-NZ artist Ruha Fifita to create two huge works on tapa speaking to the trade of goods and ideas between Tonga and New Zealand.

Each stage in the process of making tapa the traditional way takes hours, days, and months of continual work; time that is filled talking, telling stories, and sometimes singing, and after the work was done, Robin and Ruha kept talking. It was time for the next project.
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