PACIFIC // FASHION // DESIGN
light and dark
curved to the fitting of skin
of fingers that twist
on hands that make
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.