Huia and Rata Totebag
This Tote Bag is from a range of lovely things we have made commemorating Kemp House, Aotearoa New Zealand's oldest building, which turned 200 in March this year!
A beautiful handmade Eider-down quilt is the source of this rich fabric design which features female Huia, and Rata flowers in full bloom, set against a dusky rose pink background. The quilt is from the Kemp House collection, and attributed to Dory Kemp - her husband Ernest gifted the house to the people of New Zealand in 1974. Originally printed on cotton in England c1900 the design has been reproduced on hemp fabric, which has a wonderful lustrous quality, is hardwearing, and fully bio-degradable.
A swing tag provides even more fascinating details about the original fabric and its place in Aotearoa New Zealand's history. There is also a hemp drawstring bag featuring Tui on a darker cerise background - it too is inspired by an item in the Kemp House collection.
Kemp House was completed in 1822. It was built fir C.M.S missionary Rev. John Butler and family at the Kerikeri Mission Station EST. 1819, under the protection of Ngapuhi rangatira Hongi Hika.
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