This versatile women’s panekoti (skirt) is custom designed by our team and hand-made here in Kahungunu. The skirt can work in many ways making it a very versatile piece and has the Huia Kaimanawa tohu (design) heat pressed on the back.
The title of the piece is a play on the phrase “Huia Kaimanawa” which translates to the “treasured one”. In the context of this piece, we are using the kupu hāngū (huia), meaning "to gather/assemble" and the kupu "kaimanawa" meaning "treasure". Together, our message is “To gather all that is treasured by you and the journey that you are on. Be innovative, be productive, be you.”
The Mangopare figure portrays endurance and persistence; never give up on what you believe in and where you want to go. The four Pūhoro patterns represent all sides of your whare tapawhā and how you should take extra care of this.
Traditionally, Pūhoro is a reference to speed, movement and agility, but in this context it represents being proactive, productive and deliberate in looking after your holistic wellbeing, in order for you to be at your optimum, 100% self.
The Haehae throughout the whole design represents and cements the idea of never giving up. The saying goes “me mate ururoa, kaua e mate wheke”. Our Haehae are a representation of never giving up, no matter what. Fight your way to the end.
• 100% Rayon
• Loose fit
• Each size covers 2 size fits
(Ashleigh is wearing size 2xl-3xl)