2019-2020 Na Te Po
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Evening falls and in that moment, there is always light. This collection is reminiscent of ‘na te po, ko te ao!’ From the darkness, came the light...
The collection acknowledges Te Ao Marama, Matariki and Te Waka-o-Rangi through draping, colours, details, fabrics and the use of the poutama design to reflect the whakapapa connection of TeAoMarama and to our loved ones who have passed on.
It moves in much the same way that darkness and light move, sharing a constant space but also individual spaces where we believe that darkness occurs without light and vice versa. It is anchored in the richness of the poutama design – the white and black colour seems in stark contrast and yet as opposites they sit paired – occurring in the same moment of time and inspiring a connection that our tupuna knew and lived by. They are strong and the folds of fabric reflect the symbolic journeying when the darkness and the light may seem stronger than the other but they are essentially connected and move as we move through time and space.