With Te Matatini, the biggest festival on Christchurch’s event calendar, just around the corner it seems the perfect time to celebrate one of our signature charms – the hei tiki.
The hei (meaning to hang around the neck) and tiki (meaning man) is one of the most iconic taonga (treasures) in Māori culture, and a symbol of fertility and good luck. Several beliefs surround its origin with some believing it represents tiki the first man in Māori legend, while others believe it represents Hine-te-Iwaiwa, an ancestress associated with fertility and the virtuous qualities of Māori womanhood. Then there are those who believe the hei tiki represents the unborn embryo.
With Its cute tilted head representing thinking, its hand strength, mouth communication, heart love and loins fertility the hei tiki is a powerful icon. Those who wear it are believed to be clear-thinking, perceptive, loyal and knowledgeable and of strong character.
Traditionally carved from Pounamu (Greenstone) and worn for ceremonial occasions these days its also a much coveted fashion accessory made from a range of materials and in every imaginable colour – and its not just as jewellery – you’ll find it on clothing, fabric, cushions, artworks, ornaments and more…
This precious taonga adorns many of our Sisters Collective pieces sitting perfectly alongside the many charms and talismans from around the globe that are synonymous with our jewels.
For all our Sisters Collective followers planning on being at Te Matatini in March – we’re looking forward to seeing you there!