Hei Matau Tee by Tara Lemana

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Sizing Information

Chest 31.0" 36" 38" 43.0" 46"
Length 26" 27.5" 29" 30" 31"

Note: Slim fit, order a size up if you’d like it less fitting


  • V-Neck version of our unisex T-Shirts
  • Sweatshop-free, ethically sourced cotton apparel
  • Slim fit, order a size up if you'd like it less fitting
  • Cold wash and hang out to dry

The Māori people were the original settlers of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Their culture and history is rich and beautiful, and to this day is an important part of New Zealand’s culture. Their legends around the creation of the world and this beautiful land have always captured my imagination.
A Hei Matau is a bone or greenstone depiction of the Hook of Maui. Māori legend holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a bone hook. Legend holds that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side.
For the Māori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa, god of the sea.

Original is in rollerball on 100gsm cartridge paper – printed onto a tee! :)

SOLD – One t-shirt with this image, May 2009.
SOLD – One t-shirt with this image, August 2009.
SOLD – Three t-shirts with this image, 2010

Featured in The Patchwork March 2009.
Sold a tee to a RedBubble member, May 2009.

Tara is a New Zealand artist and musician. Her primary visual medium is photography, sometimes combined with other media into mixed media works or digital works. Her portfolio is extensive and varied, including macro photography, digital fantasy works, paintings, portraiture and nature photography. Tara is available for commissioned artworks as well as client portraiture sessions, please contact her on tara_lemana@xtra.co.nz for more information or visit her website at www.taralemana.com.

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 6 years ago

    Great work Tara.

  • Thanks Teresa! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • PatriciaLM
    PatriciaLMabout 6 years ago

    Awesome! awesome art girlfriend :>)) …Patricia

  • Thanks love, glad you like it! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! xoxooxo

  • Thank you Sally!! :) xx

    – Tara Lemana

  • KazM
    KazMabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous pastel
    Well deserved featuring in the Patchwork Group

  • THanks so much Kaz! :) Glad you like it! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Tara great linework AAA love the design have seen a few of these in greenstone…good work…cheers

  • Thanks so much rain-dogs, I’m so happy you like it!!! :) I’ve checked out your profile and love your work, your tees are just awesome so this is high praise coming from an artist like yourself!!!

    – Tara Lemana

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 6 years ago

    Love the fish hook T design!

  • Thanks a lot!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • Tom Douce
    Tom Doucealmost 6 years ago

    Awesome work tara!

  • Thanks so much Tom!!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • Dentanarts
    Dentanartsalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely pattern and style.. nice work! o(~_O)o

  • Thanks so much, I’m so pleased you like it!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • Rupert  Russell
    Rupert Russellalmost 5 years ago

    Makes a nice sticker as well

    For details on how I did this see my tutorial on Redbubble Stickers

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