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19 January 1990 —
25 January 1990

Commonwealth Quilt

In 1987 the City of Auckland, host to the 1990 Commonwealth Games, was presented with a Quilt made by women during the celebrations accompanying the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Auckland has carried on the tradition by making a Quilt to represent friendship and will present it to the next host city, Victoria, Canada of the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Over a three year period the Quilt project has been co-ordinated by Joan Caulfield. The Quilt design was produced by Carole Shepherd and other artists were invited to design elements of the Quilt including Toi Te Rio Mahi and Luseanne Koloi. 

Members of the Auckland Patchwork and Quilters Guild and the Embroiderers Guild also agreed to become involved with the working of the Quilt. 

Thus was begun a major collaborative work involving Maori, Pakeha, and Pacific island women to produce this unique piece of fabric art.

Also on display in the exhibition is the Edinburgh Quilt gifted to Auckland City and the origin of the tradition.

Highlighting the techniques used in the making of the Quilt will be a display of traditional and contemporary forms of tapa cloth, Maori weaving, tivaevae, and patchwork and embroidery by the women directly involved in making the Quilt.

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Commonwealth Quilt Exhibition Poster