Kiri Nathan weaving is created by hand and woven only here in New Zealand. Our feathers are mostly sourced locally from Whakatane and other areas of New Zealand. All weaving is made from contemporary mediums. Kiri returned to the Marae (Maori meeting house) to learn the art of Raranga (traditional Maori weaving) in Harakeke (Flax) and contemporary Korowai (Maori Cloak) she combined this connection and learning with her love of fashion and created the Kiri Nathan woven collections. Inspiration comes from Korowai (Maori Cloaks), Kakahu (Full Feather Maori Cloaks) and Taniko (patterned borders). Traditionally all Korowai and Kakahu are woven from harakeke (flax) handworked into Muka (fine threads). Traditional Korowai and Kakahu can take up to one year to weave. Karakia (prayer) is practiced throughout the weaving process and Kawa and Tikanga (protocol, custom, ethic) is always adhered to.