Story: Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu

Kahu huruhuru (4th of 4)

This stunning kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) is decorated with a repeating pattern of native bird feathers (kākā, kererū, tūī and kākāriki) attached to a muka (flax fibre) base. Cloaks such as this may have taken years to make, and were only worn by rangatira of high rank. 

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: ME004275

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu - Kākahu – woven cloaks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/43481/kahu-huruhuru (accessed 29 April 2017)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014