Porebada women in serigraphy and art


The village of Porebada lies west of Port Moresby along the Papuan coast.

It is the second largest Motuan village after Hanuabada.

This week, older women here, more accustomed to braid and lawn skirt dyeing, were introduced to a new dyeing arrangement.

Accompanied by some young people, the group undertook a nine-day basic training in basic fabric furnishing skills through fabric coloring, pattern making, screen printing and tie dyeing.

Learning does not stop in life and for the determined they are ready to change the course of their life in a new direction.

Training in tie-dyeing techniques was funded by Niu Power for LNG-affected villages.

Among them was Faye Koura Arua, 60. She was the oldest among the participants and a fascinating woman who loves learning the new skill of Tie-dye on fabric and screen printing.

Despite her advanced age, she was ready to take her knowledge and skills home to practice what she had learned.

She said, “I’m excited to learn about these new ways of applying traditional art and design to fabric,” Faye said.

“Actually, I’m learning new things and I take this opportunity to thank Niu Power for this opportunity.”

She said when the training is over, she is ready to put it into practice and earn money for herself and her family.

Dorugu Baru was another woman in the group of 21 women. It is interesting to note that their pastor was the only man to take the vocational training.

Although her husband works for money, this does not prevent the grandmother from achieving what she wants in life.

“I am a grandmother and a mother of five children, I am happy with the time I spend here because when I finish my training I will start something that will benefit the family,” she said.

Another contestant known as “Big Dairi” couldn’t hold back in front of the camera, but then confirmed her artistic work on the screens.

She said, this work is ours because we were taught how to make screen printing frames with our own art work.

The drawings that are seen on the screens depict stories and legends of the village of Porebada.

The pride that has been cherished by women all these years has been laid on the frame showing something vital that the younger generation needs to know.


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