GIAPO New Zealand Pikorua Creation

Giapo’s latest creation is a potent emblem of love, friendship and the bonds that connect humans.

Representing two intertwined pikopiko fern fronds, the pikorua is an important symbol and method of communication in Maori culture, representing an eternal bond between two beings. The figure eight traces the path individuals take within a relationship; turning away from each other at times, but then coming together again in unity. The pikorua can relate to the bond between friends as well as lovers. It can also talk to the relationship between two groups of people, so a pikorua was often given as a symbol of goodwill from one tribe to another, to represent their interconnectedness.

Head of the design department at Giapo, Josh Lee, came up with the idea. The design was made into a mold in 3D, and then crafted in chocolate. Straddling two cones, Giapo’s pikorua is meant to be shared between the two people who share that special, eternal bond.

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