Raya Austin-Stewart

Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua - I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past

Ngāti Ranginui, Waikato Tainui

Kahu rawa hangarua dress made from recycled cotton yarn. Photographed by Florence Anselmi 

Bachelor of Design with Honours

This collection recognizes the inherent value of mātauranga Māori and perspectives of the past to provide alternative sustainable outcomes outside of capitalist systems of production.

Influenced by the practice of whatu kākahu, this collection attempts to connect nature, creator, garment, and wearer through craft and the principles of; kaitiakitanga, whakapapa, and taonga.

This is a zero-waste collection made with 100% recycled materials from industry offcuts. 
Block 12 Level D