How do we adorn ourselves and why? Can adornment express our identity and help to tell our stories?
Using art works in our new galleries, we focus on examples of adornment, from 19th-century portraits to contemporary dress and jewellery by the Pacific Sisters collective and Lisa Walker.
In Hīnātore, our learning lab, students adorn themselves with both paper and digital collages using art works from Te Papa’s collection. They create a portrait of themselves wearing a unique piece of adornment that represents their identity and illustrates their connections to the world.