A 20 minute documentary that offers a rare glimpse into traditional Cook Island quilt making – with stories from three generations of women from the same family, now living in New Zealand. Tivaevae is the rare art of creating colourful hand sewn quilts that are gifted to other family members – often as 21st and wedding gifts. Mary Ama explains: “It comes from within the heart, it’s not for sale, it is to build up that bond between you and someone very close to you.” (Director Michelle Bracey, Producer Cass Avery)


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Production Details

Producer: Cass Avery

Thanks to: The Families

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Philippa Mossman

Director: Michelle Bracey

Editor: Christine Munroe

Online Editor: Phill Dodds

Production manager: Lornelle Henry

Camera: Simon Ellis, Jac Fitzgerald, Michelle Bracey

Sound: Colleen Brennan, Fraser Satherly, Shaun Logan

Narrator: Meryl Main

Financial controller:  Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ