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human history
  • Other Name

    Cushion cover (English)

  • Description

    Tagapila. Embroidered cushion cover. When Americans were based in Uvea during World War II, the nuns taught the locals embroidery. In the 1980s and 1990s it became very popular. Embroidered textiles were often made as gifts for weddings, funerals, and births. This tagapila is square in shape and features four red kaute (hibiscus) flowers. The stamens of the kaute point inwards towards the centre, indicating that this tagapila is from Uvea.

    Tagapila with flowers pointing outwards are from Futuna.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    12 Dec 1996
  • Other Id

    55205 (ethnology)

  • Department
Tagapila, 1996.201.8, 55205, Cultural Permissions Apply

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