To print designs for kākahu drawn from the beauty of the feathered korowai has been an idea rolling around in my head for a long time. Attending the floor talks at the Whetu Sullivan-Katene exhibition, and seeing a few of my students wear beautiful heirloom korowai at graduation has spurred me into action.
I do not intend to take away from the intensive work, dedication and love that goes into a traditionally woven korowai, they are such precious taonga.
However, not everyone has access to these taonga, sometimes they are not practical for all occassions, and I believe Māori love to wear their identity especially when they have something to be proud of.
This hand screenprinted korowai explores the idea of creating an individual hand made korowai from contemporary materials that references tradition and tells a story.
Iti rearea is now complete and has been exhibited in Hastings - here is the completed garments and the korero