Kaupapa on taniko waistband worked in natural, red and dyed black muka. Patterns are niho taniwha. Whatu weave. Five whenu to every 10mm. Thin whiri plait along the top of waistband is twisted with red coloured muka. No kaupapa on back of piupiu. On frontside pattern there are two broad black strips running horizontally. There is also two red and natural coloured poipoi attached to waistband.
Ruhia Pōrutu's kaitaka paepaeroa
This magnificent kaitaka paepaeroa (fine flax cloak with vertical weft rows and tāniko borders) has a unique history. It belonged to a woman of high status who had considerable mana. In traditional society, the mana of such people permeated their belongings. In 1840 it this cloak saved the life ...
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