Handcrafted Wooden Boxes – The Waka Huia
I love keepsake boxes and especially the handcrafted wooden boxes that are beautiful to look at and even have a smell that is awesome!
Waka huia are treasure containers made by Màori – the indigenous people of New Zealand. These treasure containers stored a person’s most prized personal possessions, such as pendants, feathers and other items of personal adornment.
Waka huia were imbued with the taboo of their owners because the boxes contained personal items that regularly came into contact with the body, particularly the head (the most taboo part of the body).
Waka huia were designed to be suspended from the low hanging ceiling of houses where their beautifully carved and decorated undersides could be appreciated. They were highly prized in themselves and carefully treasured as they passed between generations. As treasures, waka huia were often gifted between sub-tribes, families, and individuals to acknowledge relationships, friendships, and other significant social events. It is common to find waka huia of one carving style among a tribe who practice a different style.
There is an incredible company based in Auckland, New Zealand that makes waka huia gift boxes that represent many of New Zealands most well known and highly skilled local artists.
A hexagonal wooden Heart patterned gift box with Paua shell onlay.
Size: 82mm x 43mm (3.2 Inches x 1.7 Inches)
The Waka huia is a sacred vessel such as a canoe or anything designed to carry and protect sacred objects. The heart is the universal symbol of love and in this design that is combined with Maori Koru patterns representing love, family and new lives journeys.
The cost is $40.00.
A wooden slider gift box with an inlayed Koru carved in Paua shell.
Size: 101mm x 77mm (4 Inches x 3 Inches)
The Koru represents a fern leaf as it opens bringing new life to the world. It also represents family love and new beginnings.
It is also $40.00.
A carved traditional Waka huia box with Tiki and Koru carvings.
Size: 210mm Long (8.25 Inches)
The Waka huia is a sacred carved box which was used for storing valuables “Taonga” such as special carvings or the feathers of the Huia bird worn on ceremonial occasions.
The Tiki design represents knowledge and a connection to ancestry.
The cost is $165.00.
I am totally fascinated with the history of these beautiful boxes!
We all have a sentimental something that we’ve kept and cherished for years. Why not put it in a beautiful, unique and artful handcrafted wooden box! I’m sure you can find one here that fits your personality and the sentimental treasure you have!
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