Koa - Melissa Sharplin
Koa - Melissa Sharplin



      About This Artwork

      The first drawing in a set of three. This little vintage doll is wearing traditional Maori dress worn by members of Kapa Haka groups for concerts and events, she wears a Kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) Pari (bodice) Tipare (headband) two Poi (balls on string) which are swung to music and song and are hanging from her waistband of her Piupiu (flax skirt) around her neck is a Pounamu pendant. 
      'Koa' was named after Melissa's Great Aunt Koa, who was named by a Maori Chief living in Waimate who struck a friendship with Melissa's Great Grandfather as they lived next door to one another -  5 of his children were named by his friend  - Wanaka, Hinemoa, Rewa, Te Hira and Koa.  Melissa loves this story of friendship from long ago, how much love and respect he had to ask his friend to name his children, and she hopes to research into who he was - as she is moving to Waimate.! 
      Melissa hopes the love and respect has been communicated in these little watercolours, as she dedicates these works to her great grandfather and his friendship with his neighbour. 

      These works are also available framed in black, white or natural. Treat yourself or a loved one to these retro relics that pull on the nostalgic heart strings!
      Please note we are now printing this design on 100% Recycled Paper. The border is not printed in order to reveal the neutral beauty of the paper and its natural flecks and imperfections. Framed works pictured are discontinued stock, you will receive a print without a grey border.

      Original Artwork: Acrylic and graphite on paper
      Original Size: 8.26 x 8.26 Inches