Cloak of Protection (Ruhia's Cloak) - Tales from Te Papa.

Cloak of Protection (Ruhia's Cloak) - Tales from Te Papa.

Ruhia Pōrutu's kaitaka paepaeroa (fine flax cloak with vertical weft rows and tāniko borders.

Ruhia Pōrutu's kaitaka paepaeroa (fine flax cloak with vertical weft rows and tāniko borders.

19th century Māori kiwi feather kete with flax line and tassles.

19th century Māori kiwi feather kete with flax line and tassles.

19th century Māori kiwi-feather kete.

19th century Māori kiwi-feather kete.

Kete by Tracey Morgan.

Kete by Tracey Morgan.

Piupiu by Karl Leonard.

Piupiu by Karl Leonard.

Kereru feathers on black muka mawhitiwhiti by Veranoa Hetet. The weaving was completed in 2012. It took Veranoa six years to complete and was started by her mother Erenora Puketapu-Hetet just before her passing in 2006.

Kereru feathers on black muka mawhitiwhiti by Veranoa Hetet. The weaving was completed in 2012. It took Veranoa six years to complete and was started by her mother Erenora Puketapu-Hetet just before her passing in 2006.

'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.

The NZ Speaker of the House, David Carter wears one of my friend Maureen Wakefield's shoulder paki. She used a natural-coloured muka (the fibre that results from the harakeke leaves being scraped with a mussel shell and pounded gently.) By using natural muka, she was also acknowledging the precious nature of the albatross feathers that were also used in its making.

The NZ Speaker of the House, David Carter wears one of my friend Maureen Wakefield's shoulder paki. She used a natural-coloured muka (the fibre that results from the harakeke leaves being scraped with a mussel shell and pounded gently.) By using natural muka, she was also acknowledging the precious nature of the albatross feathers that were also used in its making.

Māori artist Donna Campbell uses the traditional materials and techniques of rāranga to weave new and innovative works.

Māori artist Donna Campbell uses the traditional materials and techniques of rāranga to weave new and innovative works.

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