BEYOND BUCKSKIN: Designer Profile | Suzanne Tamaki

Featuring the best of contemporary Maori art at the new Te Rauparaha Arena and Pataka Museum, Porirua city.

Unidentified Maori woman with a chin moko, feathers in her hair, and European clothing, [ca 1895]  Unidentified  Maori woman, circa 1885, with a chin moko and feathers in her hair. She  wears European style clothing. Location and photographer unknown.

Unidentified Maori woman with a chin moko, feathers in her hair, and European clothing, [ca Unidentified Maori woman, circa with a chin moko and feathers in her hair. She wears European style clothing. Location and photographer unknown.

Artist and designer Suzanne Tamaki and her daughter were head to toe in Tamaki’s designs, including her silk tie belt-wraps and quasi-Victorian jackets and top hats. In the background, “Blankets for sale – WE trade for land, beads, or guns” is embroidered on wool, stabbing at colonial land-grabbing via the needle.

Suzanne Tamaki and her daughter modelling Tamaki's designs.

Studio portrait of a young woman wearing traditional Maori clothing - Photographed by William Henry Thomas Partington

Full-length studio portrait of an unidentified young women. She is wearing traditional Maori clothing and is wearing a hui tail feather behind each.

Studio portrait of a young woman wearing traditional Maori clothing - Photographed by William Henry Thomas Partington

Studio portrait of an unidentified young woman. She is wearing traditional Maori clothing and is wearing a hui tail feather behind each ear.

pre european maori clothing - Google Search

baskets made of undressed phormium leaf. Bottom specimen flanked by two sandals

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