100 Days Project

Luisa: 100 days of Ngatu

Can never seem to find the time to dedicate to my painting which is mostly on tapa cloth/feta’aki (Tongan). Here in Tonga there is a big tapa culture, a finished mat is called a ngatu. So to make a ngatu there is a long process of first coming up with a design, sewing (the template), rubbing the embossed lines and finally painting. A hundred days I will photograph, draw, sew or paint all things ngatu or feta’aki . Finally I will get some work done whilst exploring the ngatu culture here in Tonga and hopefully developing my skill as an Artist.

Day 28:

Tuitui/ candle nut

Collecting candlenuts for burning. to make the rich black for ngatu painting. These nuts are burned and the soot is collected in a tin.