Korowai karure / cloak

Maker
Rangimarie Hetet
Production date
1988
Description
Dame Rangimarie Hetet made this cloak in 1988 at the age of 96. Her daughter, Diggeress Te Kanawa, completed the taniko border. The cloak is made from muka (processed flax fibre) and is decorated with weka and pheasant feathers. The twisted three-ply thrums are made from muka and dyed with black paru mud using traditional Maori dying techniques. These thrums are called karure. The base of the cloak is finished with a narrow yellow and black taniko and tasselled fringe.
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Production date
1988
Media/Materials
Muka, weka and pheasant feathers. Feathered borders, black kārure or 3 ply thrums. The base of the cloak is finished with a narrow yellow and black tāniko hem and tasselled fringe.
Measurements
1065 x 1185mm
Department collection type
Credit line
Hetet/Te Kanawa Collection
Courtesy Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga O Waikato
Accession number
L2004/17/1

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