Cook Islands’ Traditional Wearable Art Exhibition

If you plan on travelling to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, within the next month, take advantage of viewing an unique collection that is currently on exhibition at the National Museum-Runanga Pakau at the Ministry of Cultural Development-Tauranga Vananga. The exhibit is called, The Rakei –Traditional Wearable Art Exhibition, and it showcases the exceptional traditional costumes which featured in the 2015 Miss Cook Island Pagent, the local designers and their teams.

The exhibit opened with Secretary of Culture, Anthony Turua, giving the opening speech before Miss Cook Islands participant, Grace Loki, cut the rauti, allowing guests to move upstairs to the exhibition space. Turua is passionate about recognizing the designers of these beautiful traditional costumes and sharing their talent with locals and visitors, especially Cook Islanders holidaying on Rarotonga. “The hours of work that have gone into making some of these creations would be almost immeasurable,” Turua said.

“Materials used to make the costumes had to be gathered from the mountains, soaked for many hours in the sea, dried and then woven into magic.” 

Turua wants to make the exhibition an annual event and encourages costume designers to make them available for display so their talents can be acknowledged and appreciated by the wider community. He also hopes that the exhibit will inspire younger generations to keep the costume-making traditions alive.

wearable art

The exhibit will run until the 13th of February 2016. So, book your travel plans soon! Or-

The Ministry of Culture Cook Islands Facebook page is sharing some of the photos the exhibit.

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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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