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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Quilt (tivaevae)


Quilt (tivaevae)


Length: 216.000 cm
Width: 275.000 cm

AOA Oc 2003,02.2.a


The wives of missionaries introduced cloth sewing to the islanders of the eastern Pacific. Many women greeted these new skills and materials with enthusiasm and the manufacture of barkcloth, the traditional material out of clothing was made, gradually declined.

In the Cook, Hawaiian and Society islands, women began to make large appliqué quilts known as tivaevae.

This tivaevae, made as a bed cover with two matching pillowcases, comes from the Cook Islands. Its yellow flowers and light green leaves are based on the breadfruit tree and were designed and cut by Mrs Ake Takaiti, a nurse at the hospital in Rarotonga who is known for her drawing and cutting skills. It was sewn by Mrs Ake Mingi from Teenui village on Atiu island for a competition organised by the Cook Islands Christian Church in 2001. She has five children and started sewing tivaevae when she got married in 1963.

Tivaevae are treated as heirlooms in the Cook Islands today.