Above: Pulekafa (sennit on cardboard), Kulasi (wool on cardboard), and Pulefakalava (sennit on cardboard).

Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi‘s art is ‘based on the ancient Pacific Island art form of lalava (lashing) that was used for joining and binding materials together.  Meters of coloured sennit were wound and tied so as to create distinct geometric patterns that were a well established part of daily life. I believe lalava patterns were a mnemonic device for representing a life philosophy’ (from the artist’s website http://www.lalava.net).

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Some of his vibrant work is on display at Gallery of Modern Art as part of APT7.

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Pulekafa (sennit on cardboard), Kulasi (wool on cardboard), and Pulefakalava (sennit on cardboard).

Sennit is hand-rolled cord from coconut husks which is then dyed.

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