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Catalogue co-edited by Christina Hellmich receives award

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali’i is one of two books from twenty-one nominated publications to receive the R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award for 2015 from the Textile Society of America.
November 14, 2016

The Award committee describes the book as: “Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali’i, edited by Leah Caldeira, Christina Hellmich, Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Betty Lou Kam, and Roger G. Rose, brings a multidisciplinary perspective to these spectacular textiles in a beautifully illustrated and accessible exhibition catalogue. Sensitively incorporating the voices of indigenous Hawaiian artists, the ecology of the islands and the birds that provided the materials, and new scholarship on the historic uses of featherwork by Hawaiians and Europeans, the varied perspectives will appeal to a wide variety of audiences while making an original contribution to textile scholarship.“ Given annually by the Textile Society of America to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies, the award is funded by an endowment established by R. L. Shep in 2000.

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