Milford Sounds 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

Milford Sound is dominated by the 1700m Mitre Peak which rises straight out of the Sound itself.  Heavy rainfall produces lush rainforests and impressive waterfalls.  Rudyard Kipling described it as the Eight Wonder of the World.

Milford Sound’s Māori name, Piopiotahi, means a single thrush: the mythical hero Māui is said to have brought a thrush with him from Hawaiki. When Māui was crushed between the thighs of Hine-nui-te-pō (the goddess of death), the bird fled south, to give its name to the sound.