New Zealand Pounamu Weave Toki Necklace | Mountain Jade New Zealand

New Zealand Pounamu

Weave Toki Necklace

SKU:
ESTO13-8
$315.00 NZD

Two traditional Maori crafts are brought together in this piece. The carving itself is how this toki blade came to creation, a traditional art that is then combined with the carved woven detail on the front of the piece. Weaving is another form of a traditional Maori craft that is beautifully represented into the stone. 

Stone: New Zealand Jade

Two traditional Maori crafts are brought together in this piece. The carving itself is how this toki blade came to creation, a traditional art that is then combined with the carved woven detail on the front of the piece. Weaving is another form of a traditional Maori craft that is beautifully represented into the stone. 

Features

Carved from New Zealand jade

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Shaped by the hands of Sheree Warren

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Story

The story of the toki begins with a tool. Maori lashed toki to wooden shafts or held it in their hands to perform daily tasks like shaping wooden items or cutting foliage. As time passed some carvers began shaping much finer toki which were lashed to intricatley carved shafts, these were known as toki poutangata. They were purely ceremonial taonga weilded by the most valued or sacred of the tribe, those with the most mana. Wearing a toki is said to represent strength and courage because the jade toki were carved from was strong and only tribesmen with the most mana (power) or strength weilded the toki poutangata.