Kā mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
Nau Mai Haere Mai.
Ko Amber Bridgman tōku inkoa.
Ko Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Rabuwai ōku Iwi.
Ko Motupohue tōku Mauka.
Ko Takitimu rāua ko Uruao ōku Waka.
Nō Rakiura, Awarua, Murihiku mea ngā tini mau tere o Te Wai Pounamu ahau.
Ko Nukuroa rāua ko Te Kahurangi āku Māhanga.
Ko Otepoti tōku kāika ināianei.
Nō reira, Tēnā Koutou Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Amber comes from a varied and creative background.
She has produced, presented and directed within television, radio and film. You may recognise her from TV 2 Mai Time programme.
Maori traditional arts have always been at the foundation of Amber's inspiration throughout her working life and with her designs. She is very proud of her Maori heritage and is an active part of the Maori community in Dunedin / Otepoti. She teaches mahi toi, raranga (weaving) and poi making at the four local runaka in Otepoti to local schools, as well as keeping her hand in the broadcasting kete too.
What makes Kahuwai unique and its point of difference is that every print is designed by hand by the artist, Amber Bridgman, and hand printed on silk screens. There is no mass production and no outworkers either! The artist uses paints from New Zealand, and will source organic and merino fabrics from New Zealand, tying into the unique ethnic flag which Kahuwai is proud to wave.
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