Korowai - Maori Cloaks

The korowai “is a particular type of kākahu (cloak). It is usually decorated with feathers and/or tassels and has a border along the bottom, although this can vary according to tribal custom. Korowai are known to be handed down through generations.
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Korowai (Maori cloak) - Aotaroagreat to see the younger Maori women learning how to weave the cloaks, a complicated procedure

Korowai (Maori cloak) - Aotaroagreat to see the younger Maori women learning how to weave the cloaks, a complicated procedure

Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair.  | 19th century | Photographic print; © The Trustees of the British Museum

Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair. | 19th century | Photographic print; © The Trustees of the British Museum

KNZ01b - red feathered maori cloak korowai

KNZ01b - red feathered maori cloak korowai

Dame Rangimarie Hetet | New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

Dame Rangimarie Hetet | New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

Ataahua! Designer - Te Whare Po Ra O Hineteiwaiwa

Ataahua! Designer - Te Whare Po Ra O Hineteiwaiwa

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration


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KNZ01b - red feathered maori cloak korowai

KNZ01b - red feathered maori cloak korowai

Kiwi feather korowai woven by the late Puti Hineaupounamu Rare.

Kiwi feather korowai woven by the late Puti Hineaupounamu Rare.

Korowai (Maori cloak) - Aotaroagreat to see the younger Maori women learning how to weave the cloaks, a complicated procedure

Korowai (Maori cloak) - Aotaroagreat to see the younger Maori women learning how to weave the cloaks, a complicated procedure

Robin Hill Kura Gallery Maori Weaving New Zealand Art Design Pheasant Feather Korowai

Robin Hill Kura Gallery Maori Weaving New Zealand Art Design Pheasant Feather Korowai

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration

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