Piupiu / flax skirt
Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa
Made from harakeke (flax/phorium tenax) that (when dried without a softening process) dries into hard tube-like strands. The patterns in the top band of the taniko are created with muka threads that have been dyed using traditional methods.
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Piupiu made from flax leaves to make tube-like strands and muka taniko band.
Courtesy Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga O Waikato