ABSTRACT

This chapter approaches surfaces through an examination of an innovative type of basket made in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The surface under scrutiny is a type of barkcloth wrap surrounding a coconut leaf structure which is made by Nalik women. The chapter discusses how surface can be understood as relation between maker and material and also extends to wider political, social and historical environments in which surfaces are situated. Processes of self-fashioning and empowerment are crucial to developing an understanding of what surfaces enable.