ARITAUA

PACIFIC // FASHION // DESIGN

 Photographed by the amazing Damien Nikora and modeled by the equally amazing Brittane Watson! Styling and garments by Kiri Nathan. Hair and Make Up by the 'Henare's' Mark, Mya and Paris @lovehair

Photographed by the amazing Damien Nikora and modeled by the equally amazing Brittane Watson! Styling and garments by Kiri Nathan. Hair and Make Up by the 'Henare's' Mark, Mya and Paris @lovehair

 

Duality bound

light and dark

curved to the fitting of skin

of fingers that twist

on hands that make

black thread

binds and wraps

conversations of sky and land

by Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor

 

ARITAUA - Inspired by the textiles and techniques of the Pacific - used to adorn ourselves, creating fantastic creations to display our heritage and identity.

Our story begins in the Pacific with the ancient arts of binding and tension found throughout and utilised for architecture, armour, weapons, utensils and adornments. Binding was a language, the patterns created having meanings that become etched in skin, beaten and woven, carved and lashed to form new stories and new meanings. 

Our intention is to reinvigorate these arts by connecting to our past of traditional form and motif and give them new life through modern textiles and technological advancement. But with the age old motive of identity, expressing ones heritage, and collective story telling.

Through our statement pieces we give you ways to express boldly who you are, where you come from and where you see yourself in the world. Seeing how people wear our garments inspires us with their creativity and creating their own spin on our designs, incorporating our story with our community - a shared story between us and you. 

 

We love to see how people are wearing our pieces and appreciate you sharing your story with ours through social media.