The Korafe community lives close to the town of Tufi in the north-east of Papua New Guinea’s main island. Tufi is close to Cape Nelson, a coastal area consisting of tropical ‘fjords’. Korafes are known for their impressive facial tattoos and feathered headdresses, and at ceremonies and special events, they wear tapa cloths, shell jewellery and feathers.
The impressive Korafe headdress is worn only by men.
The impressive Korafe headdress is worn only by men and is constructed from the brightly coloured feathers of the birds-of-paradise, sometimes combined with leaves. Shaped as a crown, they are worn along with grass skirts, shell necklaces and facial paint to form the traditional costume.