Title / object name
Kahu puakarimu (rain cape)
|Maker ||Role |
|Unknown ||weaver |
Muka, puakarimu (club moss - Lycopodium), traditional red and black dyesMaterials
plant fibre, muka, dye
| ||760 (Length) x 1260 (Width) x mm|
|Overall || x 77 (Length) x 125 (Width/Depth) mm|
|Overall ||1270 (Width) x 775 (Length) mm|
kahu puakarimu, capes, cloaks
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.