The Maori word Kowhaiwhai refers to a traditional red, white and black colored pattern. These colors resemble the origin of the Maori tribes and were commonly found on rafters and meeting houses. The stories of legendary ancestors are represented by these ancient Maori complex and symmetrical patterns.
This pattern is called the Patiki and is from Pare Hauraki. The design represents the Patiki or flounder and is a symbol of hospitality.
For my first Kowhaiwhai stencil, I chose to do the single colour, fluid lines of the Patiki and in Black and White to represent the ibicci logo. I have great affinity with water being a Piscean so the Flounder was rather appropriate too I thought.
Design Size : 50mm x 270mm - 2" x 11" - Repeating pattern
Ideal for airbrushing, stencilling with soft royal icing or for use in crafts.
Mesh stencils are more labour intensive having 8 processes instead of the 4 that normal stencils take. This is reflected in the price. (One set of Mosaic Lines and Spaces took 16 minutes to cut and a further 63 minutes to weed, back, peel, apply mesh, unpeel backing, trim and package)
The normal ibicci Cake Stencils measure approximately 11.75"x8.25” / 30x21cm and most designs are cut to allow the stencils to be trimmed as required for placement on the sides and/or tops of cakes. Strip style cake Mesh stencils may be smaller in height. These should be trimmed with a metal ruler and cutting blade.
Care: Rinse gently with warm water, Do Not use hot water as this may cause warping. Lay flat to dry either smoothing in a clean tea towel or pat dry with paper towels. Ensure they are fully dry before storing. An iron may be used on a very low setting to flatten mesh stencils but care must be taken.