This work reflects my ongoing search for one’s origins within my whakapapa (ancestry) and the ways in which they are conveyed to me. Titiparera (in simple terms, Windmill Knot) is used both in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands. For me, it is an acknowledgement of all the women of the four winds, strengthening the connections of all peoples. The shape was inspired by a crochet potae (hat) crafted by my tupuna kuia (female ancestor), Hipora - who was a weaver of kete (baskets) and whariki (mats). Working on the form itself, the pupuke (swelling) of the maternal abdomen became the focus together with the pito (navel), bringing the visible link to the ancestors.
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