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Paper published in Pacific Arts, vol 3, pp115-127 (2007). Abstract: Commoner women’s textile-work is a key medium in the ongoing process of hybridizing Tongan culture for the contemporary ‘modernity plus tradition’ present. One set of wefts for this paper are ethnographic. Commoner women’s...
Introductory essay to special issue of Pacific Arts journal, "Pacific Textiles, Pacific Cultures: Hybridity and Pragmatic Creativity". We introduce the concept of 'pragmatic creativity' as a counter to the discourses that situate handicrafts or bricolage as somehow second rate forms of creative...