Kuia & Korowai Contemporary Maori Designs
Each cloak has been lovingly designed, carefully machine sewn and skilfully put together by the hands of a
Ngapuhi Artist and Designer.
Kuia Jinny Thomas is a proud descendant from distinguished Ngati Hao & Ngati Hine Tupana, who wore the finest traditional cloaks (Kahu Hururu) made by the finest traditional cloak weavers. She has revelled in both traditional korowai design for personal whanau.
And to date, providing timeless feather cloaks in modern day contemporary designs.
After experiencing an ever increasing demand for the supply of more affordable and readily available cloaks, coupled with wanting too look after grieving families who have lost stillborn bubbies,,,
I’m a grandmother, artist and designer of top quality contemporary NZ made feather ‘korowai inspired’ cloaks, with a small registered home based NZ business. My goal is too provide an affordable Ready-made or Custom-made wearable designs for sale. Whatever the occasion...
No body is too big or too small!
How did Kuia & Korowai come about??
Our whanau have experienced overwhelming emotional devastation 7yrs years between the sudden losses of our two much loved and very precious Mokopuna (Grandchildren). Their tiny bodies lifeless, born silent and still into the waiting arms of angels. Their tiny bodies un-embalm-able they were laid upon ice for only three days.
Time stood still as we suffered it was an incredibly surreal time as a whanau.
Indebted to tangihana procedures and cremation costs we were emotionally and financially strapped, unable to honour either one of our beloved mokopuna with a feather taonga while they were laying in state.
We found we had experienced our greatest sadness,
Deflated that we could not afford a feather taonga to honour them.
It weighed on me personally, breaking my already broken my heart.
I made it my mission to change that!
The mission of Kuia & Korowai has been to provide whanau
with an affordable Angel Baby Cloak taonga - at cost only - with no profit taken from the sale! Taonga made affordable at a time when one may feel as though they have lost everything.
This is where the wings of my journey unfolded and the birth of
"Kuia & Korowai" began.
Kuia & Korowai Designs start from $69...
For Stillborn / Angel / Urn Cloaks take first priority in the queue.
The bearer will be in receipt of a true taonga.
Blessed with a karakia by Kuia each piece will be packaged and shipped with the utmost care too its destination.
Being a part of ones journey as they celebrate,
honour and bestow such a presigeous taonga upon the intended recipient is humbling and inspiring with rewards on so many levels.
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.