The proceeds from every Femili PNG product sold will support our work with survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG. The design, by renowned Papua New Guinean artist Lesley Wengembo, uses beautiful Papua New Guinean patterns to depict a woman carrying a baby in a bilum. The details of the pattern draw inspiration from many regions in PNG. Our onesie rompers are 100% high quality, soft cotton.
The inspiration behind this design is the idea of woman as the backbone of Papua New Guinea, represented by a silhouette of a woman carrying a baby in a bilum. The mark making in this image comes from my influences when I was young. The detail in the patterns is not repeated because I drew inspiration from different regions in PNG. The design of the woman’s head is from Momase region, resembling a Sepik mask. Her shoulders are influenced by the lime bottle (for betel nut) from the Southern region. The bilum is a mixture of Island region designs, mostly inspired by New Ireland, with the spiral elements reflecting Southern influences. The bottom half of the design combines elements from the Highlands with other regions too. The image represents the shared and common role women play in PNG’s community. They are the mothers of the nation and deserve respect.
About the artist:
Lesley Wengembo, a 23 year-old artist from Papua New Guinea, is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney. Lesley was born in Goroka and raised in Port Moresby. He started painting in 2012 when he followed his mum to a monthly craft market at Moresby National Art Theatre. There, he saw the work of the late Martin Morobubuna and was influenced by his work. In recent years Lesley’s work has focused on hyper-realistic portraiture in oils. He loves painting faces and feels it connects him to his culture and Papua New Guinean identity. Lesley has been a two-time Archibald Prize entrant.
Femili PNG is a local Papua New Guinean NGO that runs Case Management Centers in Lae, Port Moresby and Goroka to assist survivors of family and sexual violence to access the services they need. By providing effective client services and fostering strong partnerships we aim to care for survivors and change responses to family and sexual violence. The proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will help support the work of Femili PNG.
AS Colour 100% Cotton Baby Onesie. Made from super soft 190gsm cotton with a superfine cotton rib. Constructed with tonal shoulder domes, shoulder to shoulder tape for durability and preshrunk to minimise any shrinkage