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Level 5, Te PapaPrevious Exhibition
Cook Islands tīvaevae (quilts) are cultural treasures, painstakingly hand-sewn and often stored for safekeeping in family glory boxes. This exhibition brings them into the light through a sampling of Te Papa’s extensive collection.
Many of these quilts were presented as gifts to family members. They embody the special bond between giver and receiver, and link the past and present.
In a blaze of colour, each carries the stories and skills of the women who made them, and reflects the vibrant cultural life of the Cook Islands.