Korowai (Maori cloak) - Aotaroagreat to see the younger Maori women learning how to weave the cloaks, a complicated procedure.We wear these at weddings or graduations or gift them to people(to honour) beautiful!
Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.
Maori Wetini Mitai-Ngatai shows his daughter Niwareka his 'war face' at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Mitai-Ngatai, along with his dance group, will accompany the German foreign minister for the opening of the New Zealand pavillion.