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 sunrays, 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. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Size of Painting : 14.5 inches (length) x 23.5 inches (breadth)
Price: On Request