These stunning pieces of art are our Wāhine prints!
Each print depicts one of the Wāhine we have used in this years collections: Tupuānuku, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, Waipunarangi and Matariki (the kōrero/story about each wāhine is at the bottom).
Material: Black print on neo paper 350gsm
Dimensions: A4 - 210mm x 297mm
**NOTE: THESE DO NOT COME IN FRAMES**
Tupuānuku: The image of the wāhine (woman) is our personification 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).
Hiwa i te rangi: The image of the wāhine (woman) is our personification 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).
Waipunarangi: This image is our personification of Waipunarangi. She is connected to rain, the name itself can be translated to mean 'water that pools in the sky'. She is a reminder that what you give to others will generally come back to you. Waipunarangi symbolises the relationship water has to our life cycle, how it is evaporated from the rivers, oceans and lakes to fall again as the rain which we drink and which nourishes the land.
Matariki: This image is our personification of Matariki the star. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. This pattern represents the nine stars in the Matariki constellation; Matariki, Waitī, Waitā, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Waipunarangi, Ururangi, Pōhutukawa, Hiwa-i-te-rangi.