The pattern on these earrings by Nichola are inspired by Matariki. This pattern (the niho Taniwha - triangles) represents the nine stars in the Matariki constellation; Matariki, Waitī, Waitā, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Waipunarangi, Ururangi, Pōhutukawa, Hiwa-i-te-rangi. Each cross-stitch cluster on the earring represents one of the stars.
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. It is associated with good health and wellbeing.
Inspired by her heritage and upbringing as a woman of Māori and Pakeha descent, Nichola Te Kiri creates jewellery, fashion and homewares for her label Nichola. She believes in the importance of mahi- storytelling, through shared stories the taonga of her work comes alive, creating a unique contemporary Māori Design.
Made out of a silver gravograph material and finished with silver plated hooks.
Size: 7.5cm (including hooks) x 3.5cm
Made in New Zealand