The story behind

In Maori culture, motifs and patterns are a language with which to make sense of the world and are passed down from generation to generation. Te Rangitu Netana, a Maori tattoo artist, intertwines his culture and pays homage to the life of one of his ancestors to create this silk scarf design. An owl, the messenger between the material and spiritual worlds, rises above the four walls of the tribe's meeting place. The north wall represents the stairway of knowledge and a connection to the universe. The south wall represents the creation of water, with rain filling the oceans. The east wall depicts the light and the giant eagle upon whose back the Maoris journeyed. The west wall portrays the tears of the albatross, symbolizing the sufferings of the Maori people.

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