Tungane Broadbent – Tivaivai Tataura, Christmas Lily, Open Ed. Print.


Tungane Broadbent, Tivaivai Tataura, Christmas Lily, open ed. print on archival paper, 210x297mm, unframed. Signed, titled.

Tivaivai is a Cook Islands contemporary art form with substantial foundations. Tivaivai adopts the technique of quilting, its Pacific introduction credited to the wives of the original missionaries. In true Pacific style, the technique of quilting was appropriated and given a distinctive Pacific characteristic. Bright colours and Pacific patterns came to dominate Tivaivai, rendering it visually separate and distinct to its European quilting cousin. Cook Islands Tivaivai are used for ceremonial occasion, weddings, coming of age celebrations, funerals and other village celebrations. They have become important social statements, closely associated with the families that produce them.