An Indigenisation of Apparel Construction | Erana Kaa

30th June - 30th july 2023


By Indigenising apparel construction, I am elevating Māori visual language beyond patterning surfaces, colonial aesthetics, and ceremonial attire. The employment of ancestral knowledge to re-examine how kākahu engages with seen and unseen elements, exposed a need to challenge eurocentric ideals of beauty and functionality.  There is arguably no other event where collective beauty and function is more visible than on marae during tangihanga, therefore the values embedded in these rituals are the impetus for the work.