City’s re­cent ar­rivals add to its ta­pes­try


Palmer­ston North’s Manawatu Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre pro­vides many of the city’s new ar­rivals with friend­ships, an ex­tended fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and cul­tural con­nec­tions.

In March as part of the city’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures, the cen­tre held a mul­ti­cul­tural fash­ion pa­rade in the Globe Theatre.

Among the cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories that stood out were cre­ations by Boora­nee Roskruge from Thai­land and Yoon Suh from South Korea. The pair’s work and their con­tri­bu­tion at the cen­tre is held in high re­gard.

Roskruge ar­rived in Palmer­ston North via Hamil­ton in 2006, and al­most im­me­di­ately signed on to a tra­di­tional flax weav­ing class at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

‘‘I loved it, I just loved the class.’’

In Thai­land, the for­mer phys­i­cal in­struc­tor with the Thai army had en­joyed cro­chet as a hobby, and still does.

It was her en­counter with flax and Maori tech­niques for weav­ing and dye­ing that proved to be in­spi­ra­tional.

‘‘I only dis­cov­ered it when I came here. I saw a kete, and how the flax is nice and soft.’’

She wove a hieke or cape for her diploma grad­u­a­tion in 2010, and now also works with wool and jute, mak­ing capes, a range of kete, and even flax fas­ci­na­tors.

She also went to stained glass classes at QEC, and cooks. Roskruge turned up at the MCC for Fri­day art and craft classes in 2012, and has been in­volved ever since.

Suh has only been in the coun­try for seven months. In Seoul, she had her own dress­mak­ing la­bel, Aria, de­sign­ing, mak­ing pat­terns and sewing the gar­ments with a chil­dren’s range, and dresses for new mums to wear at the tra­di­tional first birth­day cel­e­bra­tions of their chil­dren.

With an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio, her clients included Korean models and ac­tors who she helped dress for ad­ver­tis­ing shoots.

Suh ar­rived in the city with her hus­band Vin­cent Woo dur­ing the prepa­ra­tions for the March fash­ion pa­rade, and im­me­di­ately of­fered her help.

‘‘The peo­ple [at the cen­tre] are kind,’’ she said.

Adapt­ing to her new life, Suh said she would one day like to start her la­bel up again, but while she has has al­ready met some lo­cal or­ders for chil­dren’s dresses, her pri­or­ity is to be­come flu­ent in that tricky beast, the English lan­guage.


Boora­nee Roskruge shows off the parrot feath­ers she wove into a flax cape.

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