Kaakahu / cloak

The Maaori word for a kaakahu (cloak) made from harakeke muka (flax fibre) and tassels of dog hair is called maahiti waero (eighteenth century). This kaakahu is made using a double-paired twining weaving technique.
The body is decorated with a dark-brown rolled cord (hukahuka – possibly kuri) arranged in rows. The lower kaupapa edge is fringed.
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Korowai, woven muka fibre
500 x 970 mm (Korowai) 615 x 1010 x 149 mm (Case)
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Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
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