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The Costume & Textile Association of NZ has two major membership activities: an annual symposium and a journal twice a year. This year is obviously going to be different. We hope you’re all keeping healthy and cosy and there are definitely reports of sewing and other projects being undertaken.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve had to defer this year’s symposium until next year. With so much uncertainty around gatherings, even a few months further along, this was not a hard decision. The next symposium will still be in Auckland, with dates and venues to be advised later in 2020.

But Context is exactly where it should be – with editorial team Linda Tyler and Jennifer Matheson putting the finishing touches to another 100 or so pages of papers and reviews. At a time when we can’t get out to the world, this one brings the world to us, with stories about costumes and textile from Aotearoa, Samoa, Spain via France, Myanmar via Nelson, and the far northern hemisphere home of the Sámi.

We’re looking towards printing and mailing to members soon – so if you haven’t yet renewed your membership, there’s a small window left.

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