Kuia & Korowai Contemporary Maori Designs
Each cloak is gently created & lovingly designed
By the hands of a Ngapuhi
Artist and Designer
Kuia Jinny Thomas
A proud descendant of distinguished
Ngati Hao & Ngati Hine lineage, her tupuna wearing the finest traditional hand woven harekeke korowai, intricately woven by the finest kahu weavers.
Jinny has revelled in learning both crafts of traditional korowai making (for personal whanau) and, more recently, by providing a wide selection of the more affordable and readily available option of timeless feather cloaks in modern day contemporary designs.
Of late, after experiencing an ever increasing demand for the supply of more affordable contemporary cloaks, coupled with the burning desire too reach out to help grieving families in their time of need,
A blessed journey had unfolded before her.
Kia Ora Tatou
I am a grandmother, an artist and designer of the finest top quality contemporary NZ made feather ‘korowai inspired’ cloaks. My mahi is blessed in so many ways.
I work alone from my small boutique home-based business.
My aim is too look after our people!
By providing affordable taonga too all. In readymade & custom made designs
Whatever the occasion...
No body is too big or too small!
My goal is to reach out to the 1/3 percentage (at the lower end of the market) meeting the needs of those struggling to afford such a prestigious taonga.
This brings so many rewards, on so many levels.
How did Kuia & Korowai come about??
My story is one of great sorrow and hardship.
'Kuia" translated means Grandmother
& "Korowai" represents my Two Heavenly Angels
In 2011 & 2018 we experienced unexpected overwhelming and emotional devastation.
With 7yrs years between the sudden losses of
My two much loved and very precious Mokopuna.
Both of my beautiful granddaughters were born silent and still,
Into the waiting arms of angels.
Their tiny little bodies so limp and lifeless
Their tiny veins un-embalm-able.
We mourned unconsolably as they laid in state, upon ice over three short days.
Time stood still as we suffered it was an incredibly surreal time as a whanau.
Indebted to tangihana procedures, emotionally and financially strapped, leaving us unable to honour either one of our beloved mokopuna with a feather taonga while they were laying in state had a profound affect on me. I felt deflated that we could not afford such a prestigious taonga to honour either of our Angels.
It had weighed on me personally, breaking my already broken heart.
I made it my mission to change that!
The mission of Kuia & Korowai is to provide whanau
With an affordable Angel Baby Cloak
Taonga to honour the Angel Babies
Made affordable at a time when one may feel as though they have lost everything.
At cost only...
With no profit taken from the sale!
This is where the wings of my journey unfolded and the birth of
"Kuia & Korowai" began.
Kuias greatest desire is too provide a fitting taonga to
Honour the beautiful precious stillborn bubbies
With no profit taken from the sales or GST charged.
Kuia & Korowai Designs start from
*Stillborn Angel Baby Cloaks
These taonga take first priority in the queue and can be ushered through to completion within 24hrs of notice.
The bearer will be in receipt of a true taonga
Blessed with a karakia by Kuia
Each piece is carefully packaged with its blessing and shipped with the utmost care too its destination.
Being a part of ones journey as they celebrate
To honour and bestow such a prestigous taonga upon the intended recipient is truly a humbling and inspiring experience.
Registering as a NZ business company and growing the brand
Was when a truly beautiful love story began as
Kuia & Korowai Contemporary Māori Designs
has naturally evolved.