The Sakura Metallica was created by Mrs Carole Hebberd in Waipu on the North Island of New Zealand for the annual ‘Art ‘N Tartan show’, an event featuring original creations in a combination of art and fashion that must be wearable. International Tartans donated a piece of Sakura tartan. The composition was runner-up overall and easily won the People’s Choice vote.
The design combines elements of a Samurai and a Highlander with overtones of native Maori costume celebrating the annual arrival of the cherry blossom (sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom).
Waipu was settled by some 800 Scots in the 1850s. Cleared from the Highlands of Scotland they found Nova Scotia unsuitable and made the perilous journey to New Zealand. Each year the people of Waipu stage a Highland Games and regular Scottish events throughout the year. Art ‘N tartan began as their contribution to Tartan Day. Long may it continue.