PNG Arts is almost a local institution and a Port Moresby “must do” if you are interested in the traditional arts and crafts of Papua New Guinea.
Located on the Spring Garden Road on the Gordons area of the capital, PNG Art is somewhat of a national institution as it provides an easy way to see and buy the unique artifacts from the main art producing regions of Papua New Guinea.
Don’t be fooled by the less than salubrious exterior…
Inside is a veritable treasure trove of arts and crafts that come directly from the villages that make them.
Not an insignificant thing considering the logistics involved in getting to those villages, establishing relationships with the artists and village elders and then getting the artifacts to Port Moresby!
Started in 1977 by Joe Chan, who is descended from a family of Chinese merchants who first settled in East New Britain province around the turn of the 20th century, PNG Arts is now largely run by his son Joey.
You can easily spend a couple of hours browsing the items on display at PNG Art and, if you are lucky and get in to a conversation with Joe Chan himself, ask him about the early days of the business when he was establishing his network of contacts with the village artisans across Papua New Guinea – fascinating and intriguing stuff!
The prices charged for the traditional artifacts are reasonable and you can get the larger items shipped to where you want them, leaving PNG Art to deal with all the red tape, plus get advice on what smaller pieces can be packed in your suitcase without getting in to trouble with customs in PNG or your final destination.
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