About this object

A rectangular cloak (korowai karure) made from New Zealand flax with black tassels on the main part of the cloak, and forming a fringe along the neck edge. There are feathers (chicken or kiwi) along the other three edges.

This garment was made by finger-weaving or twining without the use of a loom. The technique used is single-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This is uneven in some places. It began at the bottom with a selvedge and finished at the neck edge with the warps (whenu) folded over to give a rolled effect. There are four to five warp threads per cm, and the wefts are 8-13 mm apart. There are five grouped extra wefts (aho poka) on each side of the shoulder area and five on each side at the hip to provide shaping.

The black-dyed rolled tassels on the main part of the cloak are three-ply, and inserted sideways, those at the neck edge are inserted upside down. The feathers are inserted vertically.

The black-dyed tassels are very fragile.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Bay of Plenty: Rotorua
  • Date made
    Before 1914
  • Materials
    Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather (Kiwi); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss C Diggle, 1947
  • Collector
    C Miss Diggle
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    106.0 x 1.5 x 89.0 cm
  • Related people
    C Miss Diggle (Collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • C Miss Diggle

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1947
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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