Coromandel Ranges 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

The Coromandel Peninsula separates the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames from the Pacific Ocean.  It is renowned for its natural beauty, green pastures, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches.

The name Coromandel is taken from the name of a naval vessel.  It is also known as Te Tara-o-te-Ika a Māui (the jagged barb of Māui’s fish). The islands of the Hauraki Gulf and the Coromandel Peninsula were likely places of first landfall for Polynesian migrants around 1250–1300, and Mercury Bay was a landing place for James Cook in 1769.