■ What does 'Kohadoge' mean?
'Kohadoge' /kəʊhə 'dəʊdʒ/ is the combination of 'Koha' /kəʊhə/ and 'Doge' /dəʊdʒ/
Koha is a word from Māori language - New Zealand which mean "more than a gift" or "a gift from the heart". Koha can also symbolise an expression of deep gratitude and affection that there was no such word in English could describe in the full meaning.
Doge is a slang term for “dog” that is primarily associated with photo of Shiba Inus (nicknamed “Shibe”). Doge is one of the hottest and most iconic memes on the internet.
In short, it means "a gift from the heart brought to you by a dogo"!
By naming our shop Kohadoge we would like to give you an interesting story behind and an idea about such thing means "more than a gift" actually exist in Māori language and others cultures. Beside giving a physical gift, you should wrap it with something much intangible like an advice, time or motivation just like the Māori people did. And we will deliver those physical gifts for you, something outstanding, unique and awesome that you have to say 'such wow'.
■ Who are we?
We are a team of two students from Monash University and the University of Melbourne. We have fallen in love with Melbourne because of its unique cultural diversity where people's living in the edge of beautiful modern and ancient values.
We are desired to bring the finest handmade artworks from our country - Vietnam to contribute to this cultural and aesthetic diversity.
■ Future development
Our goals is to find a new sustainable market for the Vietnamese artists which can encourage them to keep creating creative and unique artworks while instilling their inspiration for the next generations.
■ Why Kohadoge?
From Kohadoge, what you get is not only an object. You would receive a peace of mind together with brightful joys and an interesting stories embedded inside.
In the digital era when goods are mass-produced in factories, something made by hands always bring us a special feeling and brighten our souls. We always loved to be special and, to make our loved one to feel the same, that’s why handicraft is never out-dated. Because happiness is handmade!