Eseli‘s contemporary dance regalia is informed by a knowledge of traditional practices and the experience of change and adaptation of Islander people. Construction of items for dance performance is specific to Torres Strait Islander arts practice. Like Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders have a history of adapting to and accommodating imposed change. Eseli is no exception: his work reflects ingenuity and innovation in adapting to new resources.
Eseli’s various aeroplane headdresses document the influences on Torres Strait Island life during and since World War II.