Working Session: Stitching New Traditions: Quilting in Polynesia
Organizers: Phyllis Herda and Joyce D. Hammond
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 working 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 world- wide exhibitions and contests, Polynesian quilts as part of the gift-giving economies of Polynesia, and Polyne- sian quilts as markers of identity.
It is our hope that this working session will result in an anthology of work on Polynesian quilts. For more information or to participate in the working session in 2020, please contact the Organizers. We are asking to receive all abstracts by November 1st.
Phyllis Herda, University of Auckland <email@example.com>;
Joyce D. Hammond, Western Washington University <firstname.lastname@example.org>