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Monday 15 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Features

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Tikotikoca wins Anuanua Wearable Art Piece Competition
Australian High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Phoebe Smith with Stephanie Copus Campbell - Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, model Kelera Ratu, and Quincy Tikotikoca – the 2024 Anuanua Wearable Art Piece Competition winner. MELINA ETCHES/24041406

Quincy Tikotikoca won the first-placing award in the 2024 Anuanua Wearable Art Piece competition for her stunning gown modelled by Kelera Ratu.

Artists used their creative instinct and talent to create fabric-based wearable art pieces in the competition, which kicked off the Pride Cook Islands and Te Tiare Association’s first ever Anuanua Festival 2024 on Friday night at the Bergman Gallery.

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The wearable art pieces aimed to portray contemporary and avant-garde style fashion characterised by its bold, experimental, and often unconventional designs, showcasing some aspect of the Cook Islands environment, its legendary character, and cultural materials.

All artists were required to use 90 per cent pre-loved fabrics for their artworks. Tikotikoca’s creation included a stunning and unique headpiece made from repurposed table mats. The piece was painted, folded, and skilfully put together to form a dynamic and eye-catching accessory. The addition of bamboo skewers added a touch of natural and rustic charm to the design, giving it an earthy and organic feel.

The gown itself was a stunning creation entirely made from repurposed materials. The skirting, made from mosquito net, added a delicate and ethereal touch to the overall design. The hemline was made from synthetic mat to give the gown a structured and modern edge, while the decorative ruffles made from dyed organza added a touch of elegance and femininity.