Informal Session: Stitching New Traditions: Quilting in Polynesia
Quilting has been adopted and encompassed into indigenous textile traditions across Polynesia. In some archipelagoes, such as the Hawaiian, Society and Cook Islands, these quilting practices were established over a century ago. Other island nations, such as Tonga, Niue and Fiji, have much more recent traditions.
For our proposed informal session we invite anyone with an interest in Polynesian quilts—their creation, their history, their uses, etc.—to join us for discussions about research into the past, present and future of Polynesian quilts and quilters. Topics might include but are not limited to: motivations for islanders to make quilts, Polynesian diaspora and its impact on quilt-making, the continued influence of other quilt traditions on Polynesian quilting and vice versa, Polynesian quilts in worldwide exhibitions and contests, Polynesian quilts as part of the gift-giving economies of Polynesia, and Polynesian quilts as markers of identity. For more information or to participate in the informal session in 2018, please contact the co-organizers to express interest or ask questions.
Phyllis Herda, University of Auckland <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Joyce D. Hammond, Western Washington University <email@example.com>