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Haere mai - welcome to Ake Ake Shrouds

 

Ake Ake Shrouds (ah-keh, ah-keh) is a small artisan business based in Northland New Zealand offering a bespoke collection of pure silk, linen and cotton funeral shrouds and funerary accessories. Each shroud has been individually hand dyed with local and sustainably sourced plants infused with permanent leaf imprints in organic colours. The range of hand made simple shrouds offers New Zealanders the choice of an environmentally friendly, reverent and affordable option for funerals. In particular, these shrouds are designed for those concerned about the impact of death on mother earth, or for families who wish to take the empowering step of actively taking part in the shrouding process.

Why Ake ake? 

Ake ake is one of New Zealand's native evergreens traditionally used by Māori for it's hard wood in carving objects.

In Te Reo Māori, Ake ake means 'for ever and ever' or 'for ever more', and the word ake means to move upward or forward. In the eco printing technique the leaves yields the most detailed and beautiful of imprints in vibrant yellows, greens and sometimes with purple highlights. The colour itself is uplifting. It's one of my favourite plants to feature in my botanical work, reflecting our landscape in Aotearoa.

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This website for Aotearoa's first artisan crafted & botanically dyed funeral shrouds is a work in progress. Please bear with me while I'm on this part of my creative journey. A limited collection of unique shrouds are now available for purchase directly through the online shop, and the range is growing as I work on adding new items in a variety of colour palettes. I invite you to contact me with any questions or comments regarding the shrouds and the natural dyeing process, or to discuss custom orders and workshop opportunities.

    Ngā mihi nui, Karen Williamson - shroud maker & natural dyer.

Ake ake shrouds & accessories are:
  • Made in Aotearoa from local botanicals

  • 100% biodegradable natural fabrics

  • Compliant with natural burial regulations

  • At present in adult size but can be made for angel baby, child and pets on request.

  • Simple to use wrap design.

  • Suitable for either burial or cremation

  • Individually designed with a unique aesthetic

  • Available now, or to keep for the future as part of your Advanced Care Plan pack.

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