Custom Pōtae: Pepe Ao Uri by Lah WhataKākahu
'This black felt pōtae is adorned with feathers as well as harakeke collected within the tribal boundaries of Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau over the last 3 years. The main feature of this pōtae is a laser cut brooch featuring Pepe Ao Uri, our native Southern Blue Butterfly found on the East Coast of Te Wai Pounamu.' - LWK
Lah WhataKākahu finds ethical ways to adorn everyday wardrobe staples. This collection of six pōtae features upcycled and natural materials as a way to honour Papatūānuku.
Laura Wihapi-Kara (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngāi Tūhoe) was raised in Māwhera-Greymouth and Kawerau where she now lives with her husband and three boys.
A makeup artist in TV and film, Laura has built a career working alongside other Māori creatives. Laura is a kaiako and contemporary mahi toi with a Diploma in Indigenous Arts.
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