Curves within curves

fern fronds

Ponga (silver fern) fronds — or koru. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Ferns grow abundantly in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the silver fern (ponga) has become one of our most recognisable national symbols, with both leaf and frond used widely in art and branding.

The koru (literally loop in Maori), or unfurled frond, is highly symbolic to Maori. It is frequently depicted across all Maori visual arts (something already mentioned by Ann-Christine in her ‘Curve’ post), and symbolises growth and the continuation of life as well as strength, endurance and power.

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34 thoughts on “Curves within curves

  1. This is so beautiful, Su. It is a heart-warming image to take with me as I travel across the Ditch today for a family reunion to acknowledge the first anniversary of my Dad’s death. Unfortunately, I won’t be in Koru class/lounge. πŸ˜‰

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    • A sad time. I hope that being with whanau and sharing memories helps you all. Kia Kaha.
      And btw: the Koro Lounge isn’t a patch on what it used to be β€” though Christchurch is better than Auckland International.

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