About this object

A skirt (piupiu) made from New Zealand Flax with a fringe of partly stripped and dyed cylindrical leaf strips dyed yellow, green, red and purple. The lower parts of the unstripped sections have an incised zigzag pattern.

There is no backing section to the fringe, which is plaited into a waistband in a double plait. There is a cloth strip at one end of the waistband.

The technique used is single-pair twining, with two lines of twining near the waist. The plait at the waist edge looks as if the lower one was made first with half a strand, then it was bent around at the end of the row and a second plait made with the remaining strands above the first plait. There are 2-3 strands per cm.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1925 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Textile Cotton; Dye (Synthetic); Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    115.0 x 1.0 x 70.0 cm
  • Note
    The dyes are very bright, and may be synthetic.

    Attribution: 20th century (David Simmons, 1978).

    Comments: Dye was derived from green tissue paper used to wrap apples. Purple (from the Chemist) was popular also (Ngahuia Awekotoku).

    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Mrs Preedy in 1925.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); Mrs Preedy (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1925
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mrs Preedy

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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