Collection Online

Okete (Orchid)

cotton; applique and hand-embroidery (tivaevae tataura)
260.0 × 256.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1999
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Machine-sewn and hand-embroidered pieced quilt (tivaevae tataura). Basically square shaped, the quilt has a solid blue background dominated by a central decoration of a circlet of four large lilies surrounded by clusters of buds and leaves. The flowers in hot pink are decorated with variegated lines of stitching in red/black. The stamens are highlighted in yellow. The black leaves are also decorated with a variegated outline in yellow and brown.