This charm is inspired by the iconic Maori kowhaiwhai patterns often used to honour influential and celebrated ancestors. These patterns adorned the tribal waka (canoes) of the first Maori to arrive on the shores of Aotearoa. The intricate patterns represent the everlasting family ties and tell the unique stories of your lineage (whakapapa) and family tree. The black enamel is a traditional Maori colour used to represent the heavens. EVOLVE CHARMS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PANDORA BRAND.