Kakahu pari / bodice (Maniapoto)

Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa
A bodice made from muka (processed flax fibre). At each side of the bodice there is a poka (dart) that shapes the bodice. Mawhitiwhiti (cross-stitch) forms the design woven in the body of the bodice with the bottom edge finished with a natural tassel fringe. Taniko decorates the top of the bodice and uses traditionally dyed threads. The back is laced together with a muka tie. Made by Diggeress Te Kanawa for Kiri Te Kanawa.
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Muka (processed flax fibre) and woven taniko band
690 x 1130mm
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Hetet/Te Kanawa Collection
Courtesy Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga O Waikato
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