‘Keep trying, keep achieving, maintain dreaming’

&#13 Celebrations following the Aitutaki Fashion Extravaganza party. From left: Metua Davey, Shaquille Munokoa, Tepaeru Helen Toka, Designer and total winner Natasha Munokoa with BCI sponsor Mii Makimare. 21070601. Aitutaki’s major manner designer Natasha Munokoa was raised surrounded by the appears of a sewing device, vibrant cloth and the remarkable […]


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Celebrations following the Aitutaki Fashion Extravaganza party. From left: Metua Davey, Shaquille Munokoa, Tepaeru Helen Toka, Designer and total winner Natasha Munokoa with BCI sponsor Mii Makimare. 21070601.

Aitutaki’s major manner designer Natasha Munokoa was raised surrounded by the appears of a sewing device, vibrant cloth and the remarkable stitching competencies of her talented grandmother, Piri Iopu nee Davey – an working experience that sparked her passion for vogue developing.

Natasha
Munokoa had mixed feelings when she was declared the winner of the Aitutaki
Style Extravaganza competitors that was held previous month.

“I
was stunned and content at the identical time simply because I had uncertainties immediately after looking at the
amazing patterns that ended up displayed on the evening. I was amazed at the concealed
talent that we have appropriate listed here on Aitutaki,” describes Munokoa.

Her
childhood ordeals nurtured her passion to style and design and generate clothes and
additional influenced her to pursue a occupation in style industry.

Elevated
by her grandparents Piri Iopu nee Davey and John Iopu on the island of
Aitutaki, Munokoa has fond childhood reminiscences of sitting patiently, watching
her grandmother sew.

“Seeing
how satisfied and delighted folks were with the clothes she (grandmother) had
produced, designed me delighted too.

“So
I guess looking at the fulfillment on peoples faces understanding that they can get
tailor designed garments to suit their requirements… this led me to want to master
how to sew and then commence to produce my very own type.

“All
many thanks to my grandmother for instructing me this awesome talent and now that
she’s retired, it’s my convert,” she stated.

Munokoa
sewed a garment for just about every of the 3 planning categories of day use, night
wear and avant yard (innovative).

With
her expertise, she finished stitching all a few outfits below two weeks.

Prior
to the genuine sewing aspect, there was a great deal of planning, planning and style
operate concerned.

To
make a garment that is both equally one of a kind and trendy working with the confined means
accessible in Aitutaki in particular with the designs she needed, proved to be
quite hard.

“So
I experienced no other decision but to improvise and use whatsoever I experienced. My spouse has
expended innumerable hours chopping, cleaning and engraving shells for my clothes.”

Munokoa
utilised parau (pearl) shells that ended up held collectively with silver rings, not
what she experienced in the beginning prepared to use to hold the parau straps collectively – “but
that’s all we had obtainable here”.

For
the ‘day wear’ group, she preferred to generate “something tivaevae like sewn by
machine, not hand sewn”.

“The
bouquets on the costume had been made from leftover fabric I experienced I required to demonstrate folks
that you can develop what ever you want working with extra fabric.”

The
‘evening wear’ costume portrayed a marine centered topic applying parau shells as
straps and a buckle to keep the gown with each other.

“I
produced the base 50 percent of the costume to look like a manta ray and the colour
the dress represented the ocean.”

Munokoa
significantly adores ‘hoodies’, so her ‘avant-garde (experimental or impressive artwork
or structure) section was encouraged by hoodies.

“This
development came about mainly because of my like for hoodies, I have so a lot of of them – no
jokes. The rest of this design and style came from my sons like for Anime (Asian
cartoons), so I put together the exclusive styles collectively.”

Munokoa
encourages men and women “not to give up and abide by your desires, whichever that may possibly be.
Keep making an attempt, maintain achieving, retain dreaming, due to the fact you hardly ever know what is close to
the corner.”

“And
don’t forget you have your family members and mates to assist you on your journey and get to
your intention.”

Her
favourite quotation is from her “Pops”, uncle Simon Iopu – “Designing is about
being familiar with who you are internally, obtaining what and who conjures up you and
then deciphering that into artwork.”

Munokoa
is 39 a long time old and of Aitutaki and Samoan descent. She is married to Shane
Munokoa and they have five small children – Tyronne, Dominque, Jayden, Taylor and
Shaquille,

Searching
ahead, she plans to create her very own clothes and crafts enterprise on Aitutaki
focusing on their local, nationwide and international clientele with personalized
intended apparel attire and extras.

Munokoa
praised and observed Maria Henry, the organiser of the “fantastic” celebration. “Maria
did this kind of an magnificent occupation.”

She
would also like to acknowledge the frustrating help from her relatives,
good friends and colleagues, Neinei Kamoe and Alfred Marsters, the types Tepaeru
Helen Toka, Shaquille Munokoa and Metua Davey, her husband Shane and their
sons, her mom, sister Metua Davey and Ligha Setareki. “Thank you all significantly
for usually currently being there working day and night, making coffees, cooking and every little thing
else.”

The mind at the rear of Aitutaki Trend

The
Aitutaki Style Extravaganza was the brainchild of Maria Henry, the gatherings
supervisor and coordinator at the Aitutaki Lagoon Non-public Island Resort.

This
imaginative trend levels of competition was created “to carry out our most proficient
men and women and give them a system to showcase their creativeness and designs”, reported
Henry.

Initially
the function was set out to be a compact neighborhood level of competition, having said that, it attracted a
great deal of interest inside the local community – additional than expected – “and so it just
grew”, she said.


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The Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort events manager and coordinator, Maria Henry – the creator of the Aitutaki Fashion Extravaganza occasion. 21070939.

“I
desired to begin anything that could be held every 12 months and that would
ideally encourage and generate chances for the long run of our amazingly
proficient men and women,” claimed Henry.

“The
response from the neighborhood was astounding and there are continue to smiles on the faces
of the designers and types who are all eager to appear again and contend future
calendar year.”

The
show was held at the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort and judged by a
panel designed up of Aunty Fortunate, Fume, Nga Jones and Repeta Puna, who all have
expertise and experience of the fashion sector.

“They
were tremendous impressed with what our designers introduced on the night time.”

Right after
the knowledge of organising this sort of a well known function for the very first time, Henry
expressed that far more time was necessary to system and execute the exhibit. She has
begun arranging upcoming year’s celebration that will be renamed “Aitutaki’s subsequent major
designer”.

Men and women
who didn’t have the braveness to indicator up this time about, now have the
chance to take part next yr, she mentioned.

“2022
will have a new appear and there will be a youth part additional which is super
thrilling.”

Henry
acknowledged the support and sponsorship from Lender of the Cook Islands,
Enterprise Trade and Financial investment Board and Aitutaki Lagoon Non-public Island Vacation resort.

“Every
particular person included in this show from the grounds crew to the designers can be incredibly
proud of what we all obtained.”

The
final results are as follows: 1st Overall Natasha Munokoa, 2nd Mahina Manapori, 3rd
Robyn Henry 1st Island Working day Have on Graeme Jeffries, 1st Evening put on Natasha
Munokoa, 1st Avant-Garde (Ground breaking style) Natasha Munokoa Most promising
designer Zaccheus Samuel, Most Visible Steph Joseph, Most Innovative Mahina
Manapori.

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