We are Pacific Sisters – He Toa Tāera
mana wahine, mana tagata, mana moana
Born into the world are three new aitu (avatars), that embody the kaupapa (philosophy) of Pacific Sisters’ fashion activist works. Made by many hands, the collective has combined techniques and materials to adorn and bring life to the lyrics of three iconic waiata/pese/imene/songs sung by Sister Henry Ah-Foo Taripo.
While the three belong together, only one can be on display at a time. But look to the corners of the case and you’ll see three stones. These are mauri stones, placed by Pacific Sisters to hold their mana as a group intact, to empower the one that stands alone, and represents those who will not be forgotten. The three aitu encapsulate longstanding and fundamental messages that are important to Pacific Sisters; of protecting the environment, indigenous sovereignty, having freedom of self-expression and encouraging the best from humanity – to be your own superhero.
Layers of handmade natural and industrial *accessification adorn each aitu, and help to illustrate and express the concepts behind each waiata. Take your time and explore each aitu – download the song lyrics, play the track, and sing along.
Just Remember – Don’t Forget
* Pacific Sisters term for adorning with accessories to excess (“more is more”).