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Pansies on Sky Blue Tivaevae
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Pansies on Sky Blue Tivaevae

Yellow, pink & purple repeated pansies on sky blue Tivaevae.

The applique, embroidery and crochet skills introduced into the Cook Islands by members of the London Missionary Society were the start in the development of hand-stitched Tivaevae. Tivaevae can be made by a single sewer or a fellowship of women who work together under the direction of a design leader. Most of the Tivaevae mamas are now in their 50's and 70's. It is anticipated that the future less Tivaevae will be made as it requires great skill and is time consuming. Tivaevae is a form of art at which Polynesian women excel, Tivaevae means to stitch or sew and its value is said to be reflected by the love and patience that the creator(s) have put into making a stunning work of art. Cook Islands women often described their tivaevae as being "something from the heart."

Pauanesia's Tivaevae is sourced from Cook Island mamas living in the Cooks and in New Zealand. Tivaevae are generally not made for commercial purposes and we are only able to purchase them when the makers are fund-raising for the churches or local communities.

Genuine Americana cotton with fine outline stitching.

245cm x 260cm

NZ $3,600.00

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