Skirt

Description
A flax skirt or piupiu. This was developed from an older garment and has been made popular by cultural performance groups. Thay are labour intensive, taking up to 8 weeks to complete sue to the many stages of manufacture. Piupiu also means to wave about or oscillate, and it creates a swishing sound when moved, especially in a large group. When being worn for Ngati Ranana, the wearers are not allowed to eat, drink or go to the toilet in order to preserve its tapu state.
Accession Loan No.
156/1976
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
skirt
Simple Name
skirt
Full Name
dance skirt
Dimensions
whole length 830 mm; whole width 670 mm
Cultural Group
Maori
Production Year High
1976
Production Country
New Zealand
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
flax; wool; grass
Function Name
clothing
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania

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