|About the Book|
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 designs, 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 that highlight the striking originality of design and colour combinations, and the intricate stitching. This book provides a memorable record of a unique art and a talented group of women.