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The phrase ‘Manawa Tītī, meaning, with the heart of the Tītī, is used to refer to someone with great endurance, resilience and stamina. These are attributes that are indivisible from our whakapapa, the mana wahine who have passed the baton on to us, and the heart with which we continue their legacies. We named this dress with the intent that it carries you with confidence, resilience and ease in the mahi that you do and the spaces you occupy.
These dresses will be made to order by our team here in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. Once our preorders close on January 16th 2023, they will proceed to manufacturing.
This process takes around 3 weeks and we anticipate shipping out your order during the first week of February 2023. These garments are not currently in stock but will be made to your specifications.
By making to order we can reduce textile and production excess and minimize our impact on Papatūānuku.
This dress is a comfortable boxy fit with loose sleeve that can be either folded up to a cuff or left flat. With belt-loops at the waist and a fabric tie, this dress can be cinched in at the waist, tied at the reverse or left loose.
This garment is designed to be reversible- wear it with the flattering v-shaped neckline, or reverse the dress for around neckline. This dress also has the roomiest most comfortable and practical pockets you could wish for hidden in-seam at the hip.
Our garments are designed with comfort, form and function in mind. We have created a generous fit that allows this garment to carry you with confidence through life’s seasons and natural fluctuations.
85% Certified Organic Cotton, 15% Indian Flax Linen
This fabric has a natural slightly textured hand feel which will become more evident when it is washed. Heavy enough to not require a slip underneath in the warmer months, but light enough to be breathable and great for layering during the colder seasons.
Certified organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or hazardous pesticides, which protects biodiversity and waterways and builds and maintains soil fertility.
Both Cotton and Linen from the flax plant are sustainable, renewable and biodegradable fibres.
Rauponga is a whakairo (customary carving) inspired depiction of the fronds of our distinctive native ponga tree fern.
Colour: Te Poho Pihipihi - Named for the chest of the waxeye. The Pihipihi is that beautiful tiny manu (bird) who harvests the nectar of the harakeke. It is a soft natural warmish light grey, contrasted with a charcoal print.
You can see more of the fabric colour and drape here
Our Fabrics are custom made for us by our team in India who practice organic, sustainable and fair-trade practices. The dyes used for the dying and printing of our textiles are OTEX certified non-toxic.
Our garments are designed in Ōtautahi, Christchurch and cut and sewn by our local partners at 140 Clothing. 140 is an intergenerational whānau business who are passionate about keeping our manufacturing industry close to home and supporting our local economy.
Size & Fit
Our sizing is designed to be accommodating and most of all comfortable. Please note our measurements below to ensure you're selecting the best size for your tinana.
|XS (8-10)||S (12-14)||M (16-18)||L (20-22)||XL (22-24)||2XL (24-26)|
Siu wears a size XL.
Machine wash with a mild detergent. No bleach. Line dry in the shade. Iron if desired.