Tivaevae lessons from local experts

Friday January 04, 2019 Written by Published in Culture

Students from Carlton College in the US were given lessons on the intricate needle art of tivaevae on Monday this week.


Reknowned tivaevae makers Vereara Maeva-Taripo, Tungane Broadbent and Puaikura paramount chief, Tinomana Tokerau Ariki kindly gave their time to teach the students the basics of the distinctive handcraft.

The 25 students aged between 19 to 22 years, are enrolled in the studio art (print making, drawing) courses at the school, located in Minnesota.

The school has a history with the island, and students have visited Rarotonga every second year since 1999.

Studio art teacher Fred Hagstrom who has travelled with each class to Rarotonga since the vists began, says he intends to retire soon, but he hops the trips to the Cook Islands will continue.

The students are on a 10-week tour that include stops in New Zealand and Australia.

Tinomana Tokerau Ariki offered the use of Arorangi’s “Are Maru’ palace to host the students.

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