23 Aug 2013

Pounamu to hit the New York catwalk

7:02 pm on 23 August 2013

Twelve pieces of pounamu carved in Hokitika will be show-cased during Couture Fashion Week in New York.

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu commissioned the pendants to go with a collection of luxury leather and merino hats by New Zealand designers.

Te Wai Pounamu Heritage Centre manager Francois Tumahai said he jumped at the chance to have taonga [treasures] and the Ngai Tahu brand on the catwalk in Manhattan in next.

The high fashion hats had a Maori flair that inspired his carver, Mr Tumahai said.

Show organiser New Zealand Hat and Hair Art, of Timaru, said securing a catwalk show in New York's Couture Fashion Week was a significant coup.