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This feather cloak was worn by renowned Māori chief Mita Taupopoki (ca. 1845–1935) during a tour of Australia, the United States, and England in 1910–1911.f Hand-woven from flax fiber and covered with kiwi bird feathers, this cloak is called a kakahu kiwi. According to Hape, the taniko side border “is a decorative Māori weaving technique used to create geometric patterns.”  These labor-intensive cloaks were often considered personal taonga, or treasures.

This feather cloak was worn by renowned Māori chief Mita Taupopoki (ca. 1845–1935) during a tour of Australia, the United States, and England in 1910–1911.f Hand-woven from flax fiber and covered with kiwi bird feathers, this cloak is called a kakahu kiwi. According to Hape, the taniko side border “is a decorative Māori weaving technique used to create geometric patterns.” These labor-intensive cloaks were often considered personal taonga, or treasures.

Cloak, kaitaka, made of flax fibre textile. Taniko border in traditional colours at the bottom.

Cloak, kaitaka, made of flax fibre textile. Taniko border in traditional colours at the bottom.

19th century Maori feather and flax cloak with a large taniko

19th century Maori feather and flax cloak with a large taniko

Object: Pihepihe (cloak) | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Object: Pihepihe (cloak) | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Early Kahu kiwi - kiwi feather cloak, adorned with mature brown

Early Kahu kiwi - kiwi feather cloak, adorned with mature brown

A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre)

A Maori Korowai (cloak) crafted from dressed muka (flax fibre)

Topic: Maori weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Te Atiawa | Collections Online…

Topic: Maori weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Te Atiawa | Collections Online…

#feathers Korowai Huruhuru (Helen Renner, Bay of Plenty) --- Far North Award (for the most creative use of New Zealand design or material). Maori feather cloak with Taniko border.

#feathers Korowai Huruhuru (Helen Renner, Bay of Plenty) --- Far North Award (for the most creative use of New Zealand design or material). Maori feather cloak with Taniko border.

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