Hurihuri – The Twist

Maori Art Hurihuri The Twist Design Pounamu Carving Kura Gallery New Zealand Art Design

Waiho I te toipoto, kaua I te toira – Let us keep close together not wide apart

The crisscross shape of the twist represents the connected paths of life. One theory relates this design to the woven pattern of the kete (woven basket). This continued pattern is seen to replicate in a figure eight pattern. The double crossed outline of the figure eight is said to represent the joining together of two people, two lives and two cultures. The single figure eight design represents the path of life; it is a symbol of eternity.

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