Cathy Kata

Cathy Kata

Country/Region: Papua New Guinea

Tribe: Kapia Ulgu

Village: Pakin Village

Cathy Kata was born in 1966 in Pakin Village in the Nebliyer region of Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Her tribal group is Kapia Ulgu; her language, Timbuka. She lives and works in Goroka. Cathy has been a professional bilum (string bag) maker since 2003, well known in PNG for her 'bilumwear': fashion garments for men and women, created using traditional hand-weaving techniques. Cathy also conducts classes to share her skills with women in her community. While bilums are traditional accoutrements in many parts of PNG, Cathy and her colleagues are taking the form in new directions with a wide range of bilum styles, accessories, and derivations, using new and traditional materials.

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