This print depicting both Kupenga (nets) and different types of Hīnaki (eel pots) being intricately woven works of art.
With recent events happening globally and locally as a print designer I always look to explore the human experience and the elements of its affect. I enjoyed taking this time to just read books looking back at past Maori life to inspire the new.
Kupenga although just nets to me are a beautiful visual of self sufficiency but also belonging, in this print I tried to depict each piece as a collective of objects but also narratives of the importance of our physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing in the pursuit of a meaningful life.
I wanted to give this garment a beautiful drape we used 2-3 metres of NZ made Merino sewn in Rotorua and double printed with two Hīnaki print on either side.
Care - gentle cool hand wash dry flat no need to iron just fold or hang up
There are so many ways to wear this hooded wrap I'm currently uploading a style session under Hīnaki on our IG stories check this out for more style ideas!