Rangitoto Island 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

Rangitoto Island stands over Auckland like a guardian. It’s distinctive, symmetrical cone rises 260m above sea level and is only 600 years old. It is the youngest member of the Auckland volcanic field.

The name Rangitoto (which means Bloody Sky) is a shortened version of the name Ngā Rangi-i-totongia-a Tama-te-kapua which means ‘The day of the bleeding of Tama-te kapua’. Tama-te Kapua was a Maori captain who was viciously wounded on the island, and the bleeding skies refers to his blood, not the volcanoes lava bombs.