Jackline Jones is a 55-year-old artist from Erromango Island, who now resides in Port Vila. She is the proud owner of Tapa Clothes, a business that she runs with her children. Jackline has always had a love for painting, which she discovered when she met her husband Moses Jobo. Moses is well-known as an ambassador of Tapa, and his influence has played a significant role in Jackline’s passion for the art form.
Tapa Clothes specializes in traditional designs that tell a story. Each piece is unique and has its own meaning, drawing inspiration from the rich culture and history of Erromango Island. The paintings are created using natural materials, such as bark and leaves, which are sourced from the island. The process of creating a piece of Tapa is a labor of love, and it can take several weeks to complete one piece.
The business is a family affair, with Jackline’s children helping to create and sell the paintings. They work together to ensure that each piece is of the highest quality and that their customers are satisfied. They take great pride in the fact that their business is preserving a traditional art form that is in danger of being lost.
Jackline and her family are committed to promoting the art of Tapa, and they often participate in cultural festivals and events around Port Vila. They also offer workshops and classes to those who are interested in learning more about the art form.
Tapa Clothes is a business that is steeped in tradition and culture, and it is a reflection of Jackline’s passion for painting and her love for her island home. Her artwork is a beautiful representation of the culture and history of Erromango Island and is sure to be treasured for years to come.