Everyday Koloa

The pieces in this collection are made from ngatu (painted barkcloth) and tapa (unpainted barkcloth) that have been gifted to our family through our close ties with our local Tongan community across Auckland. The exchange of koloa is part of the traditional life cycle of ngatu and tapa.

We repurpose these wonderful works of ngatu art when they are no longer fit for exchange at birthdays, weddings and other important milestones. They then start their new life, transformed into personal adornments that connect you with a long cultural history, that you can wear everyday.

There are seven pieces in this collection. Each named after our nieces, and their grandmother who connects them. Our intention is that our jewellery will be a keepsake that connects your family too.

Each piece sold contributes to supporting female social enterprise in the Kingdom of Tonga.

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