Kulai pamle (First family) 2017
Hans Ahwang’s neckpiece, Kulai pamle (First family), is based on his family history. His maternal family, the Ware family, were one of the first families to leave Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait in the early 1900s to resettle on the eastern side of Moa Island at Wug Village. Made from sea hibiscus acquired from Saibai Island, the hoop lei features moon shells collected off the coral reef of Mua, and feathers from Ahwang’s garden on Mua, as well as green feathers from the emerald dove of the Torres Strait. Describing his process Ahwang states: ‘This lei is inspired by the lifestyle and the culture of my people, it’s important to continue to do some things the old ways and learn from the Elders, that’s why I am doing the rekindling projects with the young people of Mua’.