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Essays

TIVAEVAE

Cook Islands Quilting

Lynnsay Rongokea

Photographs by John Daley

RANGI ENOKA, Matirita (Chrysanthemum) tivaevae tataura.

For centuries the women of the South Pacific have made a unique contribution to customary artforms, translating cultural themes and values into symbolic visual interpretations of the world around them and their own proud place within it. Nowhere is this more true than among the women of the Cook Islands. This group of islands lies virtually in the centre of the Polynesian triangle, flanked to the west by Tonga and Samoa, and to the east by…

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