Aoraki, Mt Cook Needlework

This needlework is one of a series inspired by the landscapes of New Zealand. The design you see here is inspired by taniko bands (Taniko is a decorative technique used on the borders of kakaru – traditional Maori woven cloaks) and the borders on traditional Cook Island mats that were the start of my weaving journey. The fibres also echo the feathers found on prestigious kahu huruhuru feathered cloaks.

These Taniko needlework art pieces, designed by Wrapt in New Zealand, are completed in traditional red and black and feature a feather like yarn that stands out from the stitching giving the piece a 3D effect. They are a fantastic souvenir or memento of New Zealand and the unique cultures of the South Pacific.

Price: NZ$38.00

  • Needlework piece is unframed
  • Fits into a standard 6×8 frame (15x20cm frame)
  • Other sizes available on request
  • Four designs available
  • Also available as a DIY Kit

The Inspiration

Aoraki, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain, with a height of 3,754 metres. Aoraki sits amid the glaciers and mountains of the Southern Alps with rugged peaks and star-filled skies.

Ngai Tahu legend tells us that Aoraki and his three brothers (sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father) overturned their canoe while on a sea voyage. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.