Kōwhaiwhai – the unique art of the New Zealand сulture

June 1st, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com would like to inform our readers that New Zealand Post has introduced its new stamp issue that is to be put into circulation on the 3d of June.

This self-adhesive stamp release celebrates kōwhaiwhai through the artworks of six established Māori artists ‒ from the digital, wide-reaching work of Johnson Witehira to the accomplished work of Sandy Adsett, who has long been regarded as the artist most closely associated with modern kōwhaiwhai painting.

Typically featured in the whare whakairo (decorated meeting house) on the heke (rafters), kōwhaiwhai is an art form that is distinctively Māori, and unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. Issued to coincide with the dawn of Māori New Year, the Matariki 2015 stamp issue celebrates this ancient art form in a contemporary setting.

Kōwhaiwhai has been a central theme in the work of Māori artists for generations. Today it is a symbol of modern Māori identity and is a fine example of the abstract nature of Māori art.

Kōwhaiwhai patterns refer to ancestral lineage and genealogy and also represent the natural world. The shape of the kōwhaiwhai design conveys a sense of perpetual motion, with the literal translation of kōwhaiwhai being 'to pursue' or 'to repeat'.

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