celebrate a new beginning; commemorate the start of a new journey
The koru represents new life and growth. Its spiral shape comes from the form of the unfurling new fern frond. It is a powerful and often seen Māori image which conveys the idea of perpetual movement as well as a return to the point of origin. Rich with symbolism, the koru is used to acknowledge birth, growth, potential, and the perpetual cycle of life. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the birth of a child or the start of a new career.
Kowhaiwhai is an iconic Māori scroll design. It uses images of plant growth to represent whakapapa (genealogical lines) and connections, with each koru (unfurling shoot) often representing a child or family member. Kowhaiwhai feature prominently on the ceiling of a wharenui (meeting house) and in tā moko (traditional tattoo). Recognised around the world as a symbol of the Māori culture, this work makes a wonderful gift for international visitors, or to take when you travel overseas.
This style is a contemporary interpretation of a rich traditional cultural icon. The form and shape, while modern, are achieved through the use of traditional tools and practices. The artist uses chisel and mallet, not sandpaper, to create the smooth surface and clean lines. Each piece is uniquely hand carved.
Consider this stunning piece as a unique and meaningful gift for:
- Thank you
- Birth of first child
- Leaving on a journey
- International visitors
- Family visiting from overseas