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The Thrill of the Line, the String, and the Frond, or Why the Abelam Are a Non-Cloth Culture

Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin
Oceania
Vol. 67, No. 2 (Dec., 1996), pp. 81-106
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40331535
Page Count: 26
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The Thrill of the Line, the String, and the Frond, or Why the Abelam Are a Non-Cloth Culture
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Abstract

With few exceptions, weaving was traditionally unknown in Oceania. Yet soft, pliable bark cloth—often richly decorated—was produced, and used like textiles, especially in Polynesia. This cloth was artistically draped around objects and people and in turn ritually removed. These cloth cultures are based on a system of aesthetic values radically different from those of inland groups especially in New Guinea. This article demonstrates that within Oceania there are two different cultural traditions with opposing aesthetic fundamental values. Taking as an example the Abelam (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea) whose aesthetics is based on the principle of 'visual open-work', the fundamental aesthetic values of a non-cloth culture and the gender specific attributes associated with them are analyzed.

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