New Proposed Sessions
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.
We planned our session with six strong participants plus an additional four who expressed an interest in attending. The six reported that they were interested in contributing to a volume on quilting in Polynesia. The proposed presentations included historical and contemporary aspects of quilting in the Hawaiian and Cook Islands, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Niue as well as Tahiti and the Society Islands. The depth and breadth of the contributions boded well for an interesting session and, hopefully, a significant volume to follow.
For a variety of reasons, most of the participants who had expressed interest in participating in Stitching New Traditions: Quilting in Polynesia were unable to come to ASAO this year. Joyce Hammond and Phyllis Herda did attend the Kauaʻi meeting and presented their research. Joyce spoke about tifaifai, tourism and change in Tahiti. Phyllis’s presentation was on the introduction and practice of quilting in Niue and the Niuean diaspora in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Depending on how many participants anticipate they will be able to attend next year’s meeting in New Orleans, we may or may not go forward with another informal session next year.
Phyllis Herda, University of Auckland <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Joyce D. Hammond, Western Washington University <email@example.com>