Design to honour the Báb conveys message of peace
Pictured is a t-shirt design created collaboratively for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb by some friends in the Far North.
On the front, the horizontal pattern shows 18 pillars, representing the 18 Letters of the Living. The vertical pattern depicts the rivers, hills and mountains of Aotearoa. The single peaks are mountains and the double peaks are hills.
The 18 pillars are inspired by Tlingit patterns, which is meaningful to the designers because of their connection to Hazel Lovelace, an indigenous believer from North America.
Artwork on the back of the shirt depicts te tuna (the eel), a symbol of clean waterways and plentiful food—signs of prosperity. The Māori script conveys the concept that “With peace comes prosperity”.