This exhibition showcases the craft of basket making throughout the Melanesian Islands. It explores the different materials used, the shapes and forms of the woven baskets and their traditional uses.
Although several of the Melanesian islands such as Vanuatu and New Caledonia are closer to New Zealand than many of the Polynesian islands, the cultures and crafts of Melanesia have not been given a high profile in this country.
In 2007 Pataka featured an exhibition of Kanak art and artefacts from New Caledonia. This exhibition builds on that highly successful event and will feature baskets from Timor Leste, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.