'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.
A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre)…
A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre) and highlighted with orthodox double thrums of dyed black wool (hukahuka) attached
Behind the Scenes of Kahu Ora | Te Papa’s Blog
Many of the kākahu on display in Te Papa’s Kahu Ora exhibition are contemporary works that serve as fantastic examples of the vitality of raranga as an art form. During preparation of the items for display, as we dressed them on mannequins and cloak forms, we had the special opportunity to workRead more
negative (black and white) | British Museum
Negative (black and white); a Tūhoe 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
Korowai style of cloak | Collections Online
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Kahu Ora: Weaving stories and people | Te Papa’s Blog
When taonga are brought out of the stores and into the light, they have a transformative power on their descendants. This tangible feeling is elicited immediately when you enter Kahu Ora: Living Cloaks. At the opening of the exhibition, I entered the gallery to the sound of karakia reverberating aroundRead more
Patu muka (flax pounder)
Before flax could be woven, the outer green layer was removed and the inner fibres were soaked and pounded until soft. This patu muka (flax pounder) was a tool used in the process. Flax was an important item in the Māori economy, and the skills associated with its preparation were highly prized...