My Tivaevae

We’re back and picking out colors!

Kia Orana! I’m super excited to be back working on this film project AND… a tivaevae!! 😊

Yep, it’s true. I finally designed and got started on my very own twin-sized tivaevae and I’ll be sharing the process as I go.

Surprisingly, the hardest part of the process so far has been picking the fabric. I walked into the store with a color scheme (purple on purple). And then quickly found myself paralyzed by decision anxiety, drifting from one rack of fabric bolts to another.

I love neutrals and moody shades, but tivaevae are traditionally bright. Do I pick this beautiful navy and dark purple? Ooh, or this gray/black combo? Maybe I should go way outside my comfort zone and use this bright orange?? Maybe this is all a bad idea and I’m not actually ready to make a tivaevae…

In the end, I selected a blue and purple combo (not the purple on purple I planned) that satisfies both my personal taste and keeps the tradition of bright, happy colors.

Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.