These wooden words are underlined by Kowhaiwhai patterns, used in Maori art to decorate and also used to enhance stories and depict tribal linage. Kowhaiwhai was used to decorate meeting houses, monuments and canoes. It is an art form of great beauty but is considered to be of lesser importance than carving and tattooing.
The wooden words are light and easily attached to the wall where their strong silhouette makes a stunning wall display.
They each measure approx 29cm wide.
Haere Mai meaning 'welcome, a greeting' is 55mm high,
Aotearoa, a Maori name for New Zealand is 60mm,
Whanau or family is 65mm,
Kia Ora - cheers is 70mm
Kia Kaha - to be strong
Aroha or Love is 75mm high.
They are made from sustainable wood and are created using laser cutting techniques by a New Zealand company called SONZ.