This glass work is inspired by the tail feather of the now extinct huia bird. Of great importance to the Māori people, their feathers denoted prestige and mana. They were stored in waka huia - carved boxes that hung from the ceiling of the homes of Māori chiefs.
Huia feathers were often gifted as tokens of respect and honour. When the Duke and Duchess of York visited New Zealand in 1901 a guide took a huia feather from her own hair and placed it in the band of the Duke’s hat. This royal fashion was emulated in New Zealand and England.
Kahu Design is a New Zealand based studio that specialises in unique hand-made pieces intimately connected with nature and NZ heritage. In a world of mass produced generic, price based production, Kahu Design is inspired by a philosophy of life whereby they strive to create meaningful connections. Based on symbolism and stories that offer an expression of the human need to connect to each other and our environment.
The glass pendant approx measurements are below, adjustable cord