Textile Design Inspired By Maori & Pasifika Auckland Museum Collections

The Auckland Museum is set to re-open its South Atrium in December. With the access through the ground floor of the Museum improved, a new store, new bistro and cafe and a renovated space to extend Manaakitanga and space for powhiri, Auckland Museum is excited to showcase a place of welcome and orientation for all visitors.

Another key development that has been happening for Auckland Museum is the development of its Wardrobe Project, a revamping of the front of house Visitor Host uniforms to allow workers to feel more connected with their workplace.

A focus group of staff were assembled to find out aesthetic likes and dislikes - those who were to wear the uniform had their thoughts, feedback and ideas inputted into the clothing choices and determining the brief that went out to the designers.

A brief with a clear directive to the designers invited to pitch was the textile design must reference taonga and the stories from the Museum's collections to reflect their mission: to connect people through stories of people, land and seas.

The decision was made to go with Nichola Te Kiri’s design using these taonga as inspiration and incorporating the sky, mountains, flounder and stone.

The team at Arrow Uniforms then took Te Kiri's design and brought it to life, the Auckland Museum staff are excited to be wearing their new uniform that is both unique in design and superior in quality/make.