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
Te Puia (The Crafts), Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Rotorura, New Zealand - Travel To Eat
As the Māori did not have a written language until the 19th century, carvings were used to record and preserve the history and culture of their people.
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