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Tuesday 20 September 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National


Toka’s Cook Islands inspired garments a big hit
Toka Toka, holding the flag, was proud to represent the Cook Islands at the London Pacific Fashion Show last week. SUPPLIED/22091804

After a successful whirlwind trip to Paris and London for the Pacific Fashion Week shows, emerging designer Toka Toka is on his way home.

“That’s a wrap for Paris and London,” said Toka, whose days flew by while overseas prepping the garments for the fashion shows.

There were loud claps and cheers for the Cook Islands, said Toka.

“I hope I have made the Cook Islands proud.”

Toka proudly presented the Cook Islands designed, culturally inspired garments which featured on the international stage this month at the Paris Fashion Show organised by the Pacific Arts Association and the Charity Fashion Show in London.

One of Toka’s stunning garments, the “Maine Kakerori”, was inspired by the Cook Islands endangered bird, the Kakerori, which can only be found on the islands of Rarotonga and Atiu. Another striking garment, the “Tiare Tipani”, represented the popular frangipani flower which are worn by women of the Pacific and the Cook Islands and sewed into ei. This tiare tipani garment represents the beauty of a Cook Islands woman, noted Toka.