Aho Wahine is the culmination of a long held dream, to create kākahu that affirm our whakapapa, embody our values and embolden and awhi us as we step out into daily life.
This debut collection has been many months in conception and making as we've navigated through many processes. From garment design and pattern making, fabric development, weaving, dying and printing, to finding and working with a Christchurch based team to cut and sew our garments and last, but not least, photographing our garments on wahine who themselves embody our vision.
It's our hope that the garments in this collection will serve, enable and embolden you in your life and mahi. That in their design, they are timeless, ageless and season-less. Dress them up or down, layer them up or down, style them in multiple ways- they're here to serve you and the many seasons and rhythms of your life.
The fabric in our collection has been designed, woven and printed especially for us. The fabrics are made from sustainable natural fibres- a combination of 100% organic cotton and Flax Linen. They're natural, breathable, feel good and will continue to relax and soften over their lifetime. Our team that we partner with in India to develop them adhere to fair trade practices and the highest standards of environmental stewardship- kaitiakitanga.
The designs that we've selected for this initial collection embody and reflect kaupapa and whakaaro we'd like to wear into the world. Their distinctive aesthetic and taiao-derived palette speak to us as mana wahine and mana whenua.
Our garments have been designed by us and are made right here in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. By committing to NZ made, we have not only built wonderful relationships with our suppliers and can be assured of quality, but are also putting into practice our values around self sufficiency, self determination, supporting local whānau and local economies.
We're grateful that you're here for the journey, hope that you'll love the collection and can't wait to see how it fares in the world!
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