Object: Kahu puakarimu (rain cape)
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|Title||Kahu puakarimu (rain cape)|
Unknown (weaver), 1850-1900
|Medium summary||Muka, puakarimu (club moss - Lycopodium), traditional red and black dyes|
|Materials||plant fibre, muka, dye|
|Classification||kahu puakarimu, capes, cloaks|
x 1260mm (Width)
Overall: x 77mm (Length) x 125mm (Width/Depth)
Overall: 1270mm (Width) x 775mm (Length)
This exceptionally rare type of cloak is covered in stems of dyed brown and red puakarimu (club moss). It is made in the style of a raincape, with the kaupapa (foundation) woven from muka (processed New Zealand flax fibre), and the vertical threads alternately dyed and natural-coloured.
Raincapes come in many different materials, and are made in a number of different ways. This garment comes from the Taupo region, where the Tuwharetoa people call this type of cloak a kahu pureke.
This cloak is featured in "Whatu Kakahu, Maori Cloaks", edited by Awhina Tamarapa, published by Te Papa Press 2011.
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