"Mauri mahi, mauri ora" Taupaki (Apron)


This apron is for the one willing to get their hands dirty. The first to grab a tea towel at the marae. The one who works their nono off behind the scenes to achieve their goals. The one doing the mahi, and deserves the treats. A companion for the makers, doers, and go-getters.

These aprons are not limited to the kīhini (kitchen), but are stylish and durable covers to protect your kākahu (clothes) for a variety of kaupapa (scenarios) such as raranga (weaving), mahi māra (gardening/floristry), mahi toi (art/crafts), whakairo (carving), matapaia (pottery), and more.


“Mauri mahi, mauri ora”
Do the mahi (work), get the treats (through work, we prosper)

This Māori proverb stresses the importance of nurturing and modelling a lifestyle that embraces hard work, which in turn will be rewarded with a prosperous future.


  • Hard wearing premium certified 100% Organic Woven Cotton Canvas​
  • One size fits most
  • Unisex
  • Adjustable reinforced cross back straps
  • Antique brass eyelets
  • Handmade in India using environmentally friendly techniques
  • Fair Trade
  • Embroidered in Aotearoa
  • Double front pockets 30 x 21cm
  • Length: approx 87cm
  • Width: approx 79cm​​

Care details:

  • Wash before first use
  • Machine wash cold
  • Line dry, or on low
  • Iron on low
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Model Sizes:

Sharl (Wahine/woman - Fry bread + Gardening Shoot)
Women's Size 10
Height 160cm
Izzy (Kōtiro/girl - Fry bread Shoot)
Girl's Size 12
Height 140cm
Toni (Wahine/woman - Jungle Shoot)
Size Womens 14 -16
Height 171cm
Ima (Raranga/Kūmara Shoot)
Women's Size 10
Height 160cm
Raiatea (Wahine/Female E-Comm Model)
Women's size 8
Height 160cm
Manaia (Tāne/Male E-comm Model)
Size Men's Medium
Height 170cm

About JOYYA:

JOYYA live and work together in communities known for extreme poverty and human trafficking. Through your purchase, you are supporting this kaupapa to spark a lasting change in vulnerable neighbourhoods in India. Read more on JOYYA here.

Colour: Please note that the colours shown on your screen may vary slightly from the colour of the material.


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*Please note custom orders have additional waiting times.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
I love rocking a bit of reo in the kitchen

Not an apron you can just throw on quickly—the straps take a bit of getting used to—but once it’s on you never want to take it off. Sturdy with a bit of style and I love the embroidered design. This thing feels like it’s going to last.


Beautiful fabric, love wearing it

Robust and Fair Trade

Never used an apron before and now I love it. Heavier than what you see usually, so had to get used to that. But it's because of the high-quality material and I respect all of the ethical sourcing/ community support behind it. So far I've used my apron for pottery, but now it's moved to the kitchen. I look forward to a restock so I can get one for my sibling

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