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Misty Ratima

Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design


Karanga te Ao, Karanga te Pō

Provoking conscious discussion around the intrinsic sacredness of women by drawing comparisons between the sacredness of wharenui (meeting house) and the whare tangata (womb)

Through image, tukutuku stitch and textile I’ve fashioned female undergarments adorned with traditional patterns seen inside wharenui, as a way of tying the female anatomy with the structural anatomy of a building.  Although there is belief that the inside of wharenui is a representation of a woman’s womb, our colonised mind grapples with the visual portrayal of these two components pressed against a woman’s flesh, in line with her whare tangata.

Stark is my literal translation of these two notions, because abuse of women is equally as stark.

My Māoritanga is my foundation in life and communication through art.  I believe we can regain universal balance by seeing through an ancestral and Indigenous lens.

Certificate in Fashion Apparel


Te Kohu

The philosophy behind this collection has been to encapsulate urban Aotearoa in creating a new street style that embodies contemporary Māori design, accentuated with a dynamic colour pallet and unique contrasting prints.

The inspiration for this collection is derived from my Māori heritage and identity, along with my passion for Hip Hop expression as a whole and love of street wear.

Every ensemble in this three-piece collection has been named after each of my daughters. I have given great thought into creating a screen print that is uniquely significant to their individual natures and the meaning of their given Māori names. With that in mind, I chose to design a bird with relevant meaning and similar traits to those of my daughters.


Misty Ratima won a Hokonui Fashion Award with ‘Matariki’, a dress and steep-collared jacket that features a woven panel symbolising the Seven Sisters of Matariki or Pleiades cluster of stars. She chose the colours red and tan, alluding to Papatūānuku, and white and silver for Ranginui and the shimmering stars.