A woman uses a patu muka (flax-fibre beater) to prepare fibre for weaving, 1921 by James McDonald. Te Papa

A woman uses a patu muka (flax-fibre beater) to prepare fibre for weaving, 1921 by James McDonald. Te Papa

Negative (black and white); a Tuhoe woman sitting on a mat, one which she has herself woven, on the ground outdoors; she is weaving a kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) on a turuturu (loom); she wears a headscarf and shirt made of patterned cloth, and a skirt made of woven plant fibre; Ruatoki, New Zealand. Photographic Process

Negative (black and white); a Tuhoe woman sitting on a mat, one which she has herself woven, on the ground outdoors; she is weaving a kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) on a turuturu (loom); she wears a headscarf and shirt made of patterned cloth, and a skirt made of woven plant fibre; Ruatoki, New Zealand. Photographic Process

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Maori Traditional Flax Piupiu (skirt)

A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre)

A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre)

'Matariki' by Veranoa Hetet. A reversible cloak made entirely of flax (unprocessed, piupiu and fibre). The top woven panel has the Matariki pattern on one side and Waahi rua on the reverse. Both patterns represent those who have passed on. When wearing this cloak one is embraced by them. The piupiu at the bottom gives weight to the cloak and represents the gifts handed down by our ancestors - anchoring Māori in tradition.

'Matariki' by Veranoa Hetet. A reversible cloak made entirely of flax (unprocessed, piupiu and fibre). The top woven panel has the Matariki pattern on one side and Waahi rua on the reverse. Both patterns represent those who have passed on. When wearing this cloak one is embraced by them. The piupiu at the bottom gives weight to the cloak and represents the gifts handed down by our ancestors - anchoring Māori in tradition.

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Topic: Korowai style of cloak | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Korowai are fine flax cloaks decorated with tassels. Find out how this elegant style developed from the functional rain cape, and be introduced to a few key forms.

Topic: Korowai style of cloak | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Korowai are fine flax cloaks decorated with tassels. Find out how this elegant style developed from the functional rain cape, and be introduced to a few key forms.

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