This collection is based on the star Tupuānuku, one of the stars in the Matariki Constellation, she is connected to food grown in the ground, all cultivated and uncultivated food products. If she is shining bright when Matariki rises it is said the kai from the ground will be plentiful for that coming year.
We have used Tupuānuku to inspire this collection with different aspects of the range connecting to 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).
The style of this garment is called a mens military shirt, which has two front pockets, and the bottom half of the front cut away to expose the puku (stomach area). It is printed in gold on the back.
This garment has no stretch and is a thicker material.
We like to style it with our fisherman pants or tube skirt (coming out in our next collection drop).
Our model Corban is wearing size SML.
SML - Body width: 53cm - Body length: 75cm
MED - Body width: 55.5cm - Body length: 77cm
LRG - Body width: 57cm - Body length: 79cm
XLG - Body width: 59.5cm - Body length: 81cm
2XL - Body width: 62cm - Body length: 83cm
Please note measurements can vary within 2.5cm, this is within our tolerance.
Fabric & garment details:
- This is a mens shirt, where we have cut the front bottom part (raw edge) away and printed in gold on the back
- Relaxed fit
- Long sleeve button up shirt, chest pockets with flap and button closures
- Heavy weight, 240 GSM
- 100% cotton drill
- Tonal buttons, adjustable cuffs, side seamed, back yoke, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage.
***COLOUR VARIATION - Please note while all measures are taken to ensure the colouring of our photos match the actual product, there may be slight variations due to device colour matching***
We recommend cold machine wash. Dry flat.