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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:04 pm 
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I thought that forum members might be interested in seeing some neck ornaments which are almost textiles and have a strong affinity to baskets. They are go’fai of the Kubor of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and are worn as chokers by both men and women on ceremonial occasions. They demonstrate very fine ‘weaving’ – or perhaps I should plaiting – and demonstrate quite considerable variations in style. The Kubor live in one of the more remote areas of PNG to the north of Nomad River, a tributary of the Strickland and the Fly. They dress very similarly to their neighbours to the south, the Biami, who featured prominently in Malcolm Kirk's book "Man as Art". The first edition of this book features a Biami in full ceremonial regalia on the dust jacket although we are not sure whether the Biami wear the go'fai.

I am indebted to forum member Digna for showing me these go’fai, giving me some background information on them and, not only allowing me to photograph them, but giving me one of the woven gems as a gift.

I hope that you enjoy the photos below. The colouring seems to be painted on. I am not sure what the fibre has been used in the weaving. The one now in my collection is ¬Ω an inch (1.2 cm) in width in the decorative part.

If anyone has any further info about go'fai or the Kubor - and, best of all, photos of them being worn - please do add to this thread.


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