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Moko Kauae

Moko Kauae
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Moko Kauae

At the time I was making this piece, a ahurei or celebration of moko kauae was being held at our marae. Some of my cousins and friends were receiving their moko kauae., a visible expression of their whakapapa. As I began to weave, the patiki (flounder) pattern emerged a pattern representing abundance of kai (food), Manaakitanga (looking after) Whanaungatanga (relationships) and Rangatiratanga (leadership). A pattern that my mother weaves and that she has passed down to me. My mokokauae, While not visible on my chin appeared before me in this piece through my finger tips. Paki (cape) Muka (flax fibre), nylon thread, hukahuka (tassels) with a Pounamu drop.

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112 x 42cm (height x width)
$6,350.00

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