Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Maori Tradition Meets Modern Technology

Aho Catalogue Images. Ajr
I always get excited when someone comes up with an exciting new – and totally unique - New Zealand product. So its three cheers for Ngai Tahu, the South Island’s largest Maori tribe and their development of their fabulous Aho brand, which has kicked off with a range of beautiful wool and possum fur shawls and scarves. What makes them all the more special is that they feature motifs by recognised Maori artist, Ross Hemera, based on the ancient Maori rock art drawings found in several locations around the South Island. (These sites are under the protection of the Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust). Combining the innovation of leading edge textile technology with ancient imagery and cultural values, this is a range to watch.

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