06 February, 2019

hei matau

Today is Waitangi Day in New Zealand, our national day.  To celebrate, here is another in my maori series.  This is hei matau, a stylized maori fish hook, which symbolises strength and safe travel across water.  Usually they are carved in bone or pounamu (greenstone) as a pendant.
I have used a background embossed with pohutukawa flowers, which are red and flower around Christmas time, earning the name New Zealand Christmas tree.  Black and red are traditional maori colours.

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Glennis F said...

Carol, your 2 more recent posts are not showing up!

Janette said...

This is stunning and I love the thought process behind it Carol, never seen anything like it before so its nice to learn about it, would love to see the flowers at Christmas, must be gorgeous.x

Darlene said...

OH WOW ... what a cool creation Carol! Interesting details you've shared! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Use the color RED’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
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crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Card Carol and love the meaning behind it
Carol x

Sandy said...

Wonderful traditional card. Love the themed embossing too! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting from the Heart challenges.
Hugs, Sandy DT

Birgit said...

What a great card! So glad you linked up to the DRU challenge using the color RED. Best of luck to you!

kReN said...

So eye-catching and I learned something new too! Thanks for joining us at the PIP Challenge this week! Good luck!