Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Traditional Maori Crafts and Arts Inform the Life of Marg Kronfeld

The New Zealand of Marg Kronfeld of BK Enterprises in Auckland, New Zealand, has only recently, from the 1960’s onward, emerged from a predominantly rural, noneducated population. As urban culture began to dominate in the 60’s, an involved curiosity regarding New Zealand’s origins and historical references emerged. Cultural icons, or kiwiana, have emerged from a country where art, literature, film and even humor has retained rural references. The silver fern and the paua shell are only two iconic items which have begun to define the past of the native Maori and the foundations of civilized New Zealand.

Marg Kronfeld can today enjoy with delight the resurgence of traditional crafts. Carvings from the Maori are prized; human figures with three fingers and oddly shaped heads, patterns of spirals, ridges, notches and fish scales and carved houses, as well as the Maori tradition of using natural materials to create colored paints for pictures and coverings of white wood, are enjoying a return to the daily lives of the kiwi. Maori tattoos, portraits, landscapes and weaving of cloaks, jewelry, belts and wall hangings, are enjoyed again today by artists who are re-learning traditional art forms.

Company Director Marg Kronfeld of BK Enterprises also enjoys the traditional chants and songs which originated in South and East Asia. Flutes, trumpets, drums and accompanying dance has returned to the native music forms of the Maori. A renewed respect for the traditional, and growing interest in kiwi archaeology and history, is viewed annually in arts and cultural shows and presentations.