About this object

A rectangular cloak (kahu huruhuru) made from New Zealand Flax fibre with green, white, brown and blue-black feathers covering all of the outer surface in squares and rectangles.

This garment was made by finger-weaving or twining without the use of a loom. The main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This began with the loose ends of the warps (whenu) forming a fringe at the bottom edge and finished at the neck edge with the warps folded over forming a roll. There is a thick two-ply brown warp along each side edge. There are four warps per cm, and the 'wefts' (aho) are 8-12 mm apart. The feathers are attached vertically. Some are loose.

There are four grouped extra wefts (aho poka) on each side at the shoulder area to provide shaping. The warps at the ends of the neck edge form small fringes, and the ties are two-ply cords. The green feathers are probably kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae), the brown kaka (Nestor meridionalis), the white and blue-black tui (Prosthermadera novaeseelandiae), with kiwi feathers (Apteryx sp) along the top and bottom edges.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather; Technique: Twined
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1954 before
  • Measurements
    122.0 x 1.5 x 84.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: early 20th century (David Simmons, 1981). Acquired by Beasley from Mrs George Todd, 6 June 1933.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); George Mrs Todd ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1933-06-06
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • George Mrs Todd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1933-06-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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