Joy Wongatina Pazabeto Madada / Senga language group / Solomon Islands b.1960 / Koza (string bag) 2018 / Nylon / 61 x 36cm (including handles) / Purchased 2018 with funds from the Oceania Women’s Fund through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / © Joy Wongatina Pazabeto Madada

Joy Wongatina Pazabeto Madada
Koza (string bag) 2018

On Display: QAG, Gallery 17

Joy Wongatina Pazabeto Madada is a master weaver from Lengatura village in Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands. She primarily uses the knotting and weaving techniques she learnt at a young age, and is passionate about maintaining material practices that express cultural and gender identity, such as the making of koza (string bags), which are considered symbols of Choiseul womanhood. By combining innovative patterns and colours with traditional natural fibres and nylons, Madada engages a younger generation in preserving customary techniques, knowledge and forms.