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Living treasures: Tongan textile koloa . Addo , Ping‐Ann ( 2013 ) Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora. New York and Oxford : Berghahn Books , 227 pp, GBP95.00, hbk, ISBN: 9780857458957 .

Living treasures: Tongan textile koloa . Addo , Ping‐Ann ( 2013 ) Creating a Nation with Cloth:... I am of Tongan heritage and have lived in the Tongan diaspora for over 30 years – 20 of which have been based in Auckland, New Zealand. Reading through Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora , I identified with the Tongan diasporic case studies in Auckland and Tonga that the author experienced first hand and discusses. With its focus on Tongan textile koloa or material treasures, the book made me reflect and truly value the foundation and environment of my upbringing in the diaspora where Tongan culture, including Tongan arts, continues to be a living and evolving experience. The value in this book is the comprehensive insight it provides into the diasporic and cultural context of Tongan textile koloa. The author has identified the key roles that women perform in the diaspora, not only as the primary makers of textile koloa, but also as significant players in various cultural contexts where such material treasures and wealth are gifted and exchanged. Women are key agents in the process of gift exchange, and the author provides a strong case with first‐hand examples to show how women have contributed to ‘creating a nation with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Pacific Viewpoint Wiley

Living treasures: Tongan textile koloa . Addo , Ping‐Ann ( 2013 ) Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora. New York and Oxford : Berghahn Books , 227 pp, GBP95.00, hbk, ISBN: 9780857458957 .

Asia Pacific Viewpoint , Volume 55 (3) – Dec 1, 2014

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I am of Tongan heritage and have lived in the Tongan diaspora for over 30 years – 20 of which have been based in Auckland, New Zealand. Reading through Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora , I identified with the Tongan diasporic case studies in Auckland and Tonga that the author experienced first hand and discusses. With its focus on Tongan textile koloa or material treasures, the book made me reflect and truly value the foundation and environment of my upbringing in the diaspora where Tongan culture, including Tongan arts, continues to be a living and evolving experience. The value in this book is the comprehensive insight it provides into the diasporic and cultural context of Tongan textile koloa. The author has identified the key roles that women perform in the diaspora, not only as the primary makers of textile koloa, but also as significant players in various cultural contexts where such material treasures and wealth are gifted and exchanged. Women are key agents in the process of gift exchange, and the author provides a strong case with first‐hand examples to show how women have contributed to ‘creating a nation with

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Published: Dec 1, 2014

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