Kape or Cape, is an exploration of textile surface pattern design that aims to resonate with the Maori women for whom they have been created. The garment style references the customary cloak, the woollen fabric will keep you warm on the marae, and look elegant for an evening out.
The hand screen printed patterns play with the forms of the kape and the triangle, using repetition, reflection, positive and negative spaces to create movement, and trigger memory of our own wharenui. The designs range from the more recognisable to the transitional.
This collection honours the late Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan - her leadership as a proud modern Maori woman, the tireless work for her people, and her undeniably Maori fashion style.
Kape is the culmination of my studies this year in the Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours), Te Hono ki toi at ideaschool.