Tiki Āhua catwalk ignites fashion fire

Talisa Kupenga

He mura ahurea Māori nō nehe nō naianei hoki i kā ki Te Puia i Rotorua, i te tuwhera o te whakaaturanga kākahu o Tiki Āhua: Ka mura inapō. He rōpū kaituitui kākahu, ā, he whakakotahi i ngā kaiwaiata, ngā kaitoi, ngā kaipapahīkoi anō hoki i tae mai i runga i te karanga kia whakanuia ngā āhuatanga o te ao o Mahuika me te tuitui ki ngā momo kākahu rerekē.

He whakakotahi i te ahurea taketake me nga momo ahuatanga hou te mahi, kia tū ko te auaha Māori hei kai ā-whatu mo te marea.

Koinei te take kihae he turu e toe ana na te rima rau o nga tangata i tae tuatahi atu ki te whakaaturanga Tiki Āhua.

Ko Natura Aura he hua na tētahi kuia me tōna mokopuna, he whakakotahi i nga mahi taiao ki nga momo hua o te wao. He tāera harakeke kua kapo e te whatu whakarahi, kua whakairohia ki te kākāhu.

“We thought it was appropriate to have the rainwear initially because it was a paki, like the raincape that our ancestors used and so we were using the harakeke images on the raincapes,” hei tā Leilani Rickard.

“So it's like bringing traditional Māori garments into the 21st century,” hei tā Anastasia Rickard.

A, e orite ana te tuapapa ka kitea ki roto i nga whakapīwari o Henare.

E ai ki te kaihanga oHenare a Nerida Johnstone, “So the materials I use, which are quite important to me, are natural; that being leather, gemstones which are sourced worldwide, and copper. I have a casting background so I've incorporated a lot of the skills I have and merged them all together into something you can wear and look incredible in, they also serve a purpose of providing protection, uplifting qualities for their wearers.”

“When her stuff came down the runway I just thought I am so proud to be wearing this stuff,” hei tā te kaimātakitaki a Karena Bird.

He kitenga hou ki te whakairo i te pounamu hoki i tū ki te papa hīkoi. He tā moko e haere a-matawā hoki i nga kakahu e haere i te papa hikoi.

“I was just in the German Fashion Week and to be honest I didn't see anything as what I just saw on the stage here,” hei tā te kai whakaari Manu Bennett.