Manawa nui translates literally to ‘big hearted’, and encompasses the āhua (characteristics) and aspirations of the many wāhine in our lives. A practical kākahu for those who love and serve and care and nurture, foster and fight for our whānau and futures.
This tee is a comfortable boxy fit with loose a cuffed sleeve. With belt-loops at the waist and a fabric tie, this tee can be cinched in at the waist, tied at the reverse or left loose. It sits comfortable at the hip line with a slight curve on the hem.
This garment is designed to be reversible- wear it with the flattering v-shaped neckline, or reverse the dress for a higher boat-style neckline.
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. Your fit should be true, however we would recommend measuring yourself if you're unsure.
This garment comes in two fabric types with two print designs.
The print design Rauru is inspired by the energy of new life and unfolding potential. ‘Rauru’ is quite literally the maternal end of the umbilical cord- the flow of life. It is the embrace of two elements in whakairo;a double spiral. The twining of multiple threads in raranga. And in the space between this embrace,dwell light,life and energy.
The print design Rauponga is a whakairo (carving) inspired depiction of the fronds of our distinctive native ponga tree fern. Unique in our ngahere (forests),her fronds intertwine,sheltering new growth beneath,dappling the light, and for those who look skyward, weaving an intricate kaleidoscope.
1). 60% European Linen 40% Certified Organic Cotton (Red and Green)
This Cotton-Linen blend has a smooth, polished hand feel. It is a slightly lighter weight than the Cotton Flax blend and will continue to soften and relax with wash and wear. This fabric is perhaps slightly more 'dressy' than the cotton-flax.
Linen is renowned for its resilience and breathability.
2). 85% Certified Organic Cotton, 15% Indian Flax Linen (Cream and Navy)
This fabric has a natural slightly textured hand feel. It is a slightly heavier weight fabric to the Cotton-Linen blend, but is a comfortable medium weight with a natural breathability.
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.
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
|S (10-12)||M (14-16)||L (18-20)||XL (22-24)|
Kaahu wears the Ōrangiuri (Navy), Rauru (85% Cotton, 15% Flax) in size S
Siu wears the Kokowai (Red), Rauru (60% Linen, 40% Cotton) in size L
Machine wash with a mild detergent. No bleach. Line dry in the shade. Iron if desired.