8 Dec 2011

Maori motif hosiery stocked by big department store

6:39 am on 8 December 2011

Hosiery featuring original Maori tribal patterns designed by a customary Maori carver are soon to be stocked by Kirkcaldie & Stains in Wellington.

The New Zealand-made hosiery, which sells under the brand Iwi Creations, are the brain-child of traditional weaver Leilani Rickard, carver and sculptor Lyonel Grant, and architect Pahnia Skinner.

Different colour variations of moko, koru and tipu designs are displayed on the pantyhose.

Leilani Rickard says it's taken them about a year from the concept stage to getting the actual product in their hands, but they have already secured a contract with Kirkcaldie & Stains.

She says the contract came about after showing at the International Maori Market and the feedback was that the stockings were so beautiful and unique that they needed to be in a high-end store like Kirks.