Cook Is mothers crafting with love

Raverave ia e te Rima Inangaroa exhibitor Matangaro Te Ariki looks at her tivaivai with pride at the Miharo exhibition at 28 Don St, Invercargill.

THE Raverave ia e te Rima Inangaroa crafted with love exhibition opened its doors to the public this week.

Miharo Murihiku programme and events manager Tania Carran said it showcased eight Cook Island women’s art pieces, ranging from woven hats to handcrafted tivaivai (quilts).

“For this year’s senior artist exhibition we have a group of Cook Island mothers who all live in Invercargill and have their amazing works on display.”

The name of the exhibition came about through the help of tumu korero (historian) Mauri Toa, who suggested a couple of names which incorporated the “essence” of the collection.

Exhibitor Matangaro Te Ariki said the art on display showed the personalities of each woman.

“Each piece shows how resourceful we are, how fun-loving we are, how cheeky we are and how we are God-fearing and that we can be stubborn at times shows our personalities and who we are as Cook Islanders and our beauty.”

One of her art pieces Tivaivai Manu featured in the exhibition and was her first work to be displayed.

“Tipani is a frangipani flower, this tivaivai [quilt] was cut by my step mother, Tara Thomas, about five to six years ago and it’s taken me two years to finish.

“It’s just a hand stitch but this is the first one I’ve ever done and I’m very proud of it.”

The blue used on the quilt reflected the Cook Islands ocean and lagoon and the red represented her family and favourite colour, she said.

She invited people of the community to come and view the art works.

“There are many art works on display so we want people to come in and enjoy them.”

The exhibition runs until June 25.