The bold flame coloured dress is inspired by the legend of how Mangaian Goddess Vari-Ma-Te-Takere, reached into the depths of Avaiki and drew out a fiery volcano and set it upon the entrance to Avaiki – creating Mangaia; the oldest island in the Pacific at approximately 18 million years old.
The muumuu is named after Vari-Ma-Te-Takere, a mother to: Avatea (Vatea) father of the gods, Tinirau god of the seas, Tango god of the birds, Tumu-Te-Ana-Oa god of rocks, Raka god of the winds and a daughter Tu-Metua the spirit guardian.
Mangaia Tapa and coconut shell pieces was used on the cotton lycra nude coloured mesh dress that was designed by Leelee Tuara and Barbara Pekepo.
Tuara modelled the modern styled vibrant dress for the occasion at Edgewater resort
Te Ata o Avaiki, which translates to Shadows of Avaiki, is the brainchild of Ministry of Cultural Development policy analyst Kate Ngatokurua.
She says she is passionate about promoting culture, so the events aspires to motivate and inspire Cook Islands designers to showcase their talent.