The story of connection, of anti-disconnection.
The design represents the link between ātua, the natural elements reflected in our pepeha - here in the form of maunga and moana - as well as tūpuna and uri.
Ko Au - it's me. I exist within a broader, deeper set of relationships. I do not exist in isolation.
Connection brings blessings and gifts and privilege. It also brings responsibilities and obligations of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, aroha.
Roadtrips with kaihana to walk on whenua, kaputī and visits with whanaunga on their farms - these are the moments that lead us to the feathers that adorn these and our other befeathered earrings.
- Ribbon/fabric, metal (stainless steel earring wires), suede cord, locally harvested feathers