5 September – 26 October 2016

The Cook Islands National Museum – Runanga Pakau,
Tupapa, Avarua, Cook Islands

The Taunga Tivaivai Exhibition showcases the Tivaivai works of six Tivaivai artists whose works have developed and changed over the last 50 years.  The six artists exhibiting are Tapumanoanoa Andrew, Maria Edgar nee Herman, Tekura Tereora, Mata Moekaa, Tereapii Ngataua and Jane Strickland.  The latter three are deceased.

Of the 18 Tivaivai displayed in the exhibition 8 are handsewn Tivaivai taorei (patchwork) of intricate design. Six of the Tivaivai taorei date from 1960s to 1970s.  The other 10 works are a mix of Tivaivai tataura (embroidery and crochet) and Tivaivai manu (applique) dating from the 1970s to present day.

The exhibition is a radiant display of uniquely Cook Island style Tivaivai, a visual feast of vibrant colour, pattern and detailed craftmanship.  The works also reveal the introduction of new elements and techniques by some of the artists as they have grown older and bolder.

Each of the Taunga (artists) has chosen work which reflect personal connections and relationships as well as how the work embodies their love of Tivaivai.

Cook Islands Tivaivai are one of the most stunning art-forms to emerge from the Pacific as well as the most complex.  The exhibition information outlines the history of Cook Islands Tivaivai, their distinctive features and ceremonial uses.

For further information contact:

Susan Love de Miguel

Museum Officer
National Museum
Tel:  20725 xtn 8610
Email:   susan.love@cookislands.gov.ck

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