Did you know that in ancient times the Hakula’s protruding spear-shaped bone was used as a weapon of war in Tonga? The sheer strength and force of this bone made it a much sought after ‘battle piece’. The Hakula (Swordfish) isn’t spotted easily and spends its days in the deep. In Tonga, we regard it as a special fish.
Fishermen often sight these solitary creatures, dancing under the warm sun-rays, their graceful bodies gliding in and out of the deep blue ocean. This Tapa painting is my visualisation of the same and I have used various traditional “Kupesis” (Tongan motifs) to create the movement of the waves.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark.
Size of Painting : 14.5 inches (length) x 23.5 inches (breadth)
Price: On Request