We are excited to host Te Whare Tawhiao, a special exhibition by award-winning Maori artist and fashion designer Shona Tawhiao.
Shona, who is originally from Tauranga has created a local and international profile for traditional and contemporary mahi raranga (flax weaving).
Her work has showed in Paris, London and Melbourne and her garments have been on the runway during New Zealand, Melbourne and London Fashion Weeks.
Her uniquely designed garments are created combining modern materials and native flax (Harakeke), made with matching accessories such as hats and shoes.
Unlike most other designers, Shona mixes traditional Maori weaving skills with her eye for contemporary design.
Te Whare Tawhiao will show seven of Shona’s garments, and opens together with Uke Rere at the Gallery on May 15.
A huge Matariki Fashion Show which will include Shona’s work is planned for June 18. The event will be hosted by the Tauranga Art Gallery in conjunction with Tauranga Public Library and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.