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The Rainbow Show: Showcasing Melanesian Art

Twelve delegates from West Papua are in PNG for the Indigenous Collaboration Business and Culture Show which happened on Saturday night. Event Coordinator, Dayelyne Langarap, says this is the first time for such an event especially with the Papua Women Business Group from Irian Jaya.

Saturday night’s event, The Rainbow Show, was used to showcase Melanesian art in painting, screening printing, tie-dye, Sali, PNG hand-painted fabric and many more.

The Papua Women Business Group also came with their art and batik Papua evening dress, casual wear and office wear. Designer Itje Kaikatuy of West Papua was so happy to come to PNG as this was her first time in the country.

Event Coordinator, Dayleyne Langarap, says the event has encouraged the women to conduct business the Melanesian way.

Director of Ialar Art, Agatha Gami, from East New Britain, is a designer specialised in tie-dye. Tie-dye is very unique in the country.

Agatha buys the fabric from Bali and fabric paint from the United States. She markets her products on Facebook and also sells at the CHM Duty free shop at the Jacksons Airport and Trade Value Limited in Rabaul. Agatha also does training for those who are interested in learning the art.

The Leader of Parliamentary Commission One Province of Papua, Ruben Magay, officially launched the Dream Paradise 2018 that will be happening in October in Jayapura.

He stated that it is a time for us to be successful people in our own land. The popular West Papua tune, Tugurere, was performed live by Yakoba Womsiwor.

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