Fate Savari (Isawdi) 

duvahe (Chief) of Dahorurajé clan women


Born: c.1933, Sidonejo village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Dahorurajé (formerly Evorajé)
Lives and works: Anahobehi village (Gora), Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Mediums: natural pigments on nioge (women’s barkcloth skirts) and givai (men’s barkcloth loincloths)



Fate has been painting for Ömie Artists since 2009. Her mother was Majaho and her father was the legendary Lokirro, both Dahorurajé clanspeople from Sidonejo village. Fate tells a vivid account of her time during the Second World War: 

"I was in the house with my family at Sidonejo village when we first heard the warplane flying over. When we went outside and saw the plane my parents gathered up my family and we ran as quickly as we could towards our new yam garden and hid ourselves in the bush under a tree."

Fate learnt a wealth of soru’e (tattoo designs) from her mother including vinohu’e - design of the bellybutton. She depicts her knowledge of Ömie custom creations and history in splendid detail in her paintings. In one painting she illustrates a boy’s initiation ceremony after undergoing tattooing in a guai - an underground site used during the time of the ancestors. Fate has taught her designs to her daughter-in-law Linda-Grace Savari (Majaré), duvahe (Chief) of Evorajé clan women. Fate is the proud mother of seven children.


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles