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1 mars 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day : Ageing - Maturation

Photo par ©TahitiDailyPhoto - Mai 2011 - Tahiti > Mairie de Papeete

March Theme Day in City Daily Photo Community:  Ageing
I love this picture and in addition, it perfectly fits to the theme of this month: the lady is old and she is devoted to a traditional craftmanship that requires not to stint on her time.
The tifaifai is often described as a Polynesian patchwork. It is a superposition of two fabrics (or more) of different colors, one forming the bottom, and the other perforated (motifs). Sewing a tifaifai is a very long-term project: imagine pattern, draw, cut cloth, pin, weave, and then at last sew. The traditional tifaifai is entirely hand sewn. The tifaifai are used as bed covers, table runners, tablecloths, cushion covers ..
The art of tifaifai requires a unique traditional craftsmanship. And above all, you can not talk even more about patience, because it is a different world, a different relationship with time, a state of mind in which you simply do not count time. 

Thème du 1er mars de la communauté City Daily Photo: Maturation 
J'adore cette photo et en plus, elle colle parfaitement au thème du mois : la mama est âgée et elle continue à s'adonner à un art pour lequel il ne faut tout simplement pas compter son temps.
Le tifaifai est souvent décrit comme un patchwork polynésien. C'est une superposition de deux étoffes (ou plus) de couleurs différentes, une formant le fond, et l'autre, ajourée, permettant les motifs. Coudre un tifaifai est un travail de très longue haleine : imagination du motif, dessin, découpe des étoffes, épinglage, bâti,  puis couture finale. Le tifaifai traditionnel est entièrement cousu à la main. Les tifaifai sont utilisés comme couvre-lits, chemins de table, nappe, housses de coussins ..
L'art du tifaifai requiert un savoir-faire hors du commun. Et surtout, à ce stade, on ne parle même plus de patience, car c'est un autre monde, un autre rapport au temps, un état d'esprit dans lequel on ne compte tout simplement pas les heures passées.

Another seamstress / Une autre photo de mama tifaifaiseuse :

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19 commentaires:

  1. All these pieces of fabric have been very colourfully dyed, Anna. And then what? Women, like the ones in your photograph, embroider the fabric for selling to tourists from the cruise ships that ply the islands?

    What are those flower leis that two of the women are wearing? They are particularly attractive to my eye.

    Thank you for your contribution to our Theme Day. It is much appreciated.

  2. I admire the patience these artists have to complete their beautiful creations.

  3. That amount of patience I don't have TDP :) but I have so much admiration for those who do. Oh my, imagine having one of these masterpieces on you bed, wonderful.

  4. That's a brilliant post for this Ageing theme day.

  5. looks similar to quilting ... my grandmother guilted, my sister is a quilter, and several family members have taken to the love of quilting ... in our family quilts are given as gifts for special events such as the birth of a child or graduation from school ... mostly quits show love .. I suspect it is the same with the tifaifai ... happy theme day and thanks for sharing your photos and stories.

  6. Extra comme photo et comme choix. Tu sais faire ?

  7. Lovely work and beautiful ladies! I love the flowers in their hair. Nice choice for Theme Day.

  8. @ Julie : The tourists don't buy traditional tifaifai, they are too expensive when you don't know anything about this craftmanship. The leis in their hair are called "couronnes" (crowns), they are very often worn in occasions (exhibitions, school event, even an evening with friends and of course wedding and so on ...). I must write an article about these leis ...

    @ EG and PDP : I totally agree !

    @ Jim and Lois : the theme was very inspiring for me this month ...

    @ Denton : you're totally right. On the origin, tifaifai were not sold but were gifts for special occasions as you say. They were really treasures, beacuse the fabric was not so abundant and the ladies had to recycle little pieces of fabric. The tifaifai were sometimes hidden in houses, and passed down from one generation to the next.

    @ Ciel : Une amie mama (celle du 1er post que j'ai mis en lien) m'a montré la couture, une fois que tout l'ouvrage est bâti. Cette étape n'est pas la plus difficile. Mais je n'ai jamais eu la patience, même sur une petite pièce, mais bientôt, je vais tenter.

  9. What a lovely photo. These ladies look devoted to creating those beautiful fabrics.

  10. This is wonderful!
    What a Lady and what a nice artistic and creative place.

  11. A fine and colorful portrait giving a positive face to aging.

  12. Their work is beautifully colourful!

  13. Très bel hommage à ces artistes ! :)

  14. Thanks to you all for your lovely comments.

  15. What contentment on their faces as they create these beautiful fabric pieces. I definitely think you should try on that small creation and then post the finished "art." I have quilted in the past but it is very time consuming. One of my greatest treasures is the quilt of a great-great grandmother.

    I adore these colors.


    1. Welcome and thank you Genie for your encouragements ! I think you own a real treasure :)


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