Introducing Ngaru Nui, the second of our collaborations with Hirini 'Heeds' Katene from House of Natives.
It represents a grand journey.
Ngaru has been named in reference to the landing in Aotearoa of our people from the North, who came in on the backs of three great waves. Ngaru Nui was the first, the 'big wave'.
Like Aroha Mutunga Kore, Ngaru is based on an original kowhaiwhai design and is part of our Manawa (heart) series. The wavelike line you see in Ngaru is the manawa line. It represents the heartbeat, the energy of life, also like the umbilical cord connecting mother and child. Along this wave, the triangular forms (tapatoru) are to represent a strong growth of baby's tinana (body). The mangopare (hammerhead shark) here represent grace, courage and resilience. They do not tire easily and can be strong and swift, but also show patience and stillness. We think there are waves encountered in every parenting voyage where these qualities are necessary and valuable.
The most important journeys in life require vision, knowledge, and great energy. For many of us, parenting is the grandest tour of all. It takes a lot of courage and requires a lot of heart. Holding your most beloved ones close to you can make any oncoming wave appear smaller and more friendly.
We will have a small number of Ring Slings converted locally by K.I.Designs with Sling Rings in black. You may choose the shoulder type you prefer and your ring sling will be made to order, to be ready for dispatch within 7 days. Our Ring Slings are currently available to NZ and Aus only. Our wraps are now available worldwide.
Ngaru Nui is woven from 100% fine cotton, on an Egyptian cotton warp, and is approx 250gsm loomstate. Nui has a smooth, sleek, and smooshy texture and is thin in hand but densely woven for cush on your shoulders. Softness, stretch, and lovely drape with plenty of support. Well-suited for all levels of experience for carrying littles to bigs.