Story: South Pacific peoples

‘Red Label’, 1998

‘Red Label’, 1998

Robin White and her family lived on the Kiribati atoll of Tarawa in the early 1980s and 1990s. When a fire destroyed her studio in 1996, her artistic direction changed. With few materials left, she collaborated with the Teitoiningaina Catholic Women’s Training Centre on Tarawa to design and weave a series of mats using pandanus leaves. This mat, with its simple image of a cup of tea, comes from that series. Robin White returned to New Zealand in 1999, after 17 years in Kiribati.

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Mixed media by Robin White

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Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Island groups and recent migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 November 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015