Fashion / Textiles
Te Ataraiti Waretini – Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao, Tainui, Te Rarawa
Ataraiti of Maru Creations shares the beauty of Māori culture with the world through traditionally woven contemporary taonga. When living in London, Ataraiti learned whatu from her mother over Facebook. She wove a pākē made from flax and feathers for her friend. Since then, Ataraiti has learned that woven taonga are more than a garment or art, they’re meaningful creations to be cared for as if they’re another member of the whānau.