New to our website and store are the Wāhine prints!
Each print depicts one of the Wāhine we have used in this years collections: HIWA-I-TE-RANGI, TUPUĀNUKU and HINERAUMATI (the kōrero/story about each wāhine is at the bottom).
Material: Coloured print on paper 310gsm
Dimensions: A3 - 297mm x 420mm
**NOTE: THESE DO NOT COME IN FRAMES**
Hiwa i te rangi
“The word ‘hiwa’ means ‘vigorous of growth’, and it is to Hiwa that Māori would send their dreams and desires for the year in hope that they would be realised”
Rangi Matamua, Matariki The Star of the Year.
The image of the wāhine (woman) is our interpretation of Hiwa, drawn within a taimana (diamond) which again is in reference to a star. The tukutuku patterns on the border of this frame are in lots of nine (matariki reference), we have included the actual constellation in her night hair and her moko kauae (chin) shows the connection between the stars and us here on the whenua (land).
We have used Tupuānuku to inspire this collection with different aspects in connection with her. Such as the earthy colours of hua whenua (food from the earth), fabric to symbolise a waikawa (a basket used to gather and store hua whenua) and the raranga (weaving) pattern rau kumara (leaves of the kumara plant), which is said to be a pattern one would weave for someone who nurtures, feeds and cares for people.
The image of the wāhine (woman) is our interpretation of Tupuānuku, drawn with the raranga (weaving) pattern Rau Kumara (leaves of the kumara plant) in the background. On either side of her are four crosses representing purapura whetu (a tukutuku pattern for stars) to symbolise the Matariki constellation (she is the ninth star). Her moko kauae (chin) shows the connection between the stars and us here on the whenua (land).
Hineraumati is known as the summer maiden, and like her sister (Hinetakurua) she is a wife of the sun Tamanuiteraa. Hineraumati plays an important role in helping the many plants, trees and vegetables to germinate, grow and produce fruit. Working together with her husband who supplies warmth from above, Hineraumati transports nutrients from the ground to the roots of the plants.
The print image is our depiction of Hineraumati and the flowers she is surrounded by are the native flowers we've associated with raumati (summer), they are the pohutukawa, puriri, houhere and puawananga flowers.