Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

Cook Islands tīvaevae

Tīvaevae are appliquéd and patchworked quilts made by Cook Islands women, who brought this handcraft to New Zealand. The quilts are usually brightly coloured, and flowers are a common motif. Tīvaevae are given as gifts on important occasions such as weddings. This tīvaevae was made by Mere Tapaeru Tereora in 1980. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Other textile crafts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/40543/cook-islands-tivaevae (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013