Cloak

Description
Birds are seen as messengers from the spiritual realm and capes were considered prestigious. The life force (mauri) of the bird was contained within the cape. It takes several months for a specialist weaver to attach the hundreds of feathers to the flax backing. Many different birds were used and this example includes kiwi and possibly albatross.
Accession Loan No.
136/1993/52
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
cloak
Simple Name
cloak
Full Name
cloak (kahu kiwi)
Dimensions
part W 740 mm; part W 830 mm; whole height 685 mm
Cultural Group
Maori
Production Year High
1993
Production Country
New Zealand
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
candlewhick whenu; feathers; wool; cotton
Function Name
clothing
Function Detail
Cloak of candlewick whenu (warps); cotton; feathers; wool. This example includes brown kiwi feathers and possibly white albatross forming contrasting vertical lines across cloak. H.685 x W.830mm.
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania

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