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Predicate Object 09 Nov 2018 2018-11-09T00:00:00.000Z 2018-11-09T00:00:00.000Z 2018.68.34 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2018.68.34 Cook Islands 2018-03-06T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T22:45:20.540Z Cook Islands 35 Weaving/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Contemporary Expression of Identity/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - All the items in this collection express how relationships and familial connections are nurtured through the practice of making and the sharing of Cook Islands’ knowledge and skills with regards to cultural objects, music and materiality. Crafting within Cook Islands also represents an income generating practice among creative and cultural communities, specifically with the aspect of contemporary tourist art from these regions as expressions of national cultural identity. The rito hat is made from the immature coconut leaves called rito; the designs, patterns and adornments vary according to the maker’s knowledge. Some rito hats can be replications of other hats and the aesthetic differences are found within the embellishments and finishes. Bespoke rito hats can also be designed according to the buyer’s requirements. Rito Hat; Immature coconut leaves - rito, centre of crown is an oval disc of pearl shell which is perforated along the edge of the shell to take commencement of strands. Side of crown has open weave patterning. Outer rim of hat brim is upturned and the rim is reinforced with plastic strapping and woven over. The hat band is of plain pandanus made and yellow snail shells. Rito Hat
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