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Virtual Exhibition: Section Two 25 March 2000 - 8 September2002

Traditional Techniques, New Materials

This section looks at how recycled materials have been used in place of natural materials in continuing technical or aesthetic traditions.

There are many examples of this recycling among basketmakers, who have used industrial waste materials such as telephone wire or plastic tape in place of natural materials. These new materials are often used to make traditional forms with traditional techniques.

Particular recycled materials are also selected because they fit in with traditional aesthetic values. This is the case with the 'imitation' boar's tusks made from parts of enamel and porcelain plates which have sometimes been used in ornaments by Naga peoples in north eastern India. Parts of plates are excellent substitutes for tusks as they share the qualities of whiteness and curvature that are so valued in Naga aesthetics.

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