The Art of Tivaevae: Traditional Cook Islands Quilting

Author(s): Lynssay Rongokea

Maori & Pacific

The art of tivaevae making is unique to the Cook Islands. Since quilt-making was introduced by Christian missionaries more than a century ago, the women of these South Pacific islands have embraced it enthusiastically and with extraordinary skill so that it has become a valued and integral part of local life and culture. The Art of Tivaevae tells the stories behind these stunningly beautiful quilts. Twenty-three women, each represented by a black-and-white portrait, talk about their work - the ideas behind the design, the cutting and sewing techniques, how they acquired and pass on their skills, and the future of tivaevae. Forty-five tivaevae are shown in full and in close detail in photographs by John Daley, that highlight the striking originality of design and colour combinations, and the intricate stitching. This beautiful book provides a memorable record of a unique art and a talented group of women. ++ Finalist for the Montana Medal for non-fiction (Lifestyle) 2002 ++

Cover faded, name and review stamp on front endpaper

Product Information

Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Lifestyle Category 2002.

General Fields

  • : 9781869620899
  • : godwit
  • : godwit
  • : October 2001
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lynssay Rongokea
  • : Paperback
  • : John Daley (photography)
  • : very good
  • : photographs