Aho, in Te Reo, means a cord, a string or a line. It is the weft in the weaving, the thread of our genealogy, our descent and our descendants.
What we do:
Aho is a creative studio that explores connections between whenua (lands), peoples, cultures, indigineity and hybridity. We create products that celebrate an indigenous Aotearoa identity and aesthetic. It's our vision to fuse art with form and function. To create taonga, that tell our stories and reflect our whakapapa, into our everyday lived environments.
How we do it:
We strive to keep whakapapa- the connections between people, environments and processes at the centre of our philosophy, which means for us, seeking out and employing processes, practices and materials that are sustainable and that ensures a better future for the people and the environments involved.
We believe that our lands, resources and culture belong not only to us, but to our tamariki (our children), and theirs'.
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. For us, and our children after us.
Aho is also the label of artist and designer, Kristy Bedi.
Of Ngāi Tahu and Pakeha descent, Kristy is based in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. Her education in Māori Visual Arts and Political Science as well as adventures abroad imprinted a deep interest in social justice and cultural identity. Aho is the merging of these two passions into beautiful, sustainable and practical products that affirm indigenous identities, have a positive environmental impact and, when they're not made in-house, empower the communities that make them.