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Aho Pēpi is the weaving together of whakapapa inspired design, sustainable materials and ethical production into pieces that are not only beautiful, practical and safe for Pēpi, but also contribute to protecting and nurturing the world they will one day inherit.
Our Aho Pēpi Muslin Wraps, designed in Aotearoa, are made from 100% organic, fair trade cotton.
In their production, we work with a team in India who practice kaitiakitanga (environmental stewardship), ensuring that the process is sustainable for both the whenua (land and environments) and the people who grow and sew the materials.
We use organic fabrics, non-toxic dyes and work with a team who practice fair trade.
Aho Kāinga celebrates our unique style, ethic and cultural identity in Aotearoa.
Weaving together ideas of whakapapa (geneology), kaupapa Māori (a Māori worldview) and distinctive New Zealand aesthetics, into pieces that are not only beautiful and practical, but can honour and empower our cultural identity and the inheritance of our tamariki.
The designs are inspired by te taiao (natural environment), whakataukī (proverbs), whakairo (customary carving) and kōwhaiwhai (customary paintings).
1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-tia) to shape, create, form, fashion.
Aho Auaha is our first venture into developing our textiles to make them available for makers to shape, create, form and fashion.
After many years of requests from Weavers wishing to use our fabrics to line kete, store kākāhu, from whānau wishing to use our fabrics to wrap taonga and koha, to create taonga and kakahu of their own, we've finally taken the leap.
It is our belief that making and creating is an expression of self determination, an act of rangatiratanga and an innate way we express ourselves.
And so we present the first of its kind. Organic, fairly-traded, sustainably-sourced natural fibre textiles printed with designs that speak of whakapapa and te ao Māori.
It's our dream that you will use these textiles to express the mana of our cultural inheritances, to express yourself and to lift up our creative expressions and normalise them in every context you'd find fabrics.
Read more about our fabric care here
Watch the journey of the fibres- from seeds in the field, through spinning, weaving and printing here
The little things.
As they say, 'Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu', -although it is small, it is precious.
The Aho Iti collection is where we play with fun little add-ons. Mostly they're born out of an idea that we've been playing with in our own whānau, and thought you might be interested too. These are likely short term projects that will ebb and flow as we see how they go!