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Cook Islands tīvaevae (quilts) are cultural treasures, painstakingly hand-sewn and often stored for safekeeping in family glory boxes. The overall effect of tīvaevae when they come out of the glory box is a stunning visual display of bright contrasting colours. A range of tropical flowers jump out at you – hibiscus and various gardenias as well as non-tropical flowers like roses, lilies, and chrysanthemums. Design ideas can either be traditional motifs handed down from one generation to another or modern interpretations. Most images recur in symmetrical patterns and come from plants rather than animals. Flowers, leaves, and fruit are popular, but there are also crowns, shells, and stars.
In her talk in the gallery Nina Tonga, Curator Pacific Cultures will discuss the two main methods of quilting, patchwork and applique and the images they create and the traditions and meanings behind them.
Registration required. To register, use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the office on (04) 381 7051.
Feature image: Tivaevae “Flower Garland” (Quilt), 2008, Cook Islands, by Andrea Eimke, Tini Tivini, Teremoana George. Purchased 2011. Te Papa (FE012614)
Member $10, non-member $15 (includes free parking and a voucher for refreshments, Level 1 Cafe)