One way in which Māori express and cultivate part of their culture is through clothing design. In the past decade, contemporary Māori clothing in particular has become its own rising star, with a great deal of locally owned Māori designed clothing stores popping up all around Aotearoa. But what is contemporary Māori clothing, and why has it become so popular? Let's find out!
Māori designed clothing have become a rising star in the world of New Zealand fashion, with an array of beautifully designed kākahu (clothing) to both express and celebrate what it means to be tangata whenua (the people of this land). Māori dresses in particular, are hugely popular here in Aotearoa, and with summer just around the corner, we thought we’d share our top picks for Māori dresses in 2023.