About this object

A rectangular cloak (korowai) made from New Zealand Flax fibre with black-dyed tassels forming a fringe along the top edge, and on the main section of the cloak. The side and bottom edges are decorated with feathers, some possibly chicken feathers.

This garment was made by finger-weaving or twining without the use of a loom. The main technique used is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This began at the bottom edge with the ends of the loose warps (whenu) forming a fringe and finished in a plait at the neck edge. There are two three-ply twisted ties at the neck. There are seven warps per cm, and the wefts (aho) are 9-10mm apart. There are three extra wefts (aho poka) on each side at intervals from the shoulders area down and three groups of two together on each side at the hips, to provide shaping.

Tassels are inserted sideways on the main part of the cloak and upside down for the fringe at the neck edge. They are two-ply, rolled and dyed black. The feathers are inserted vertically.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1932 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather; Dye; Technique: Twined; dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Granville John Berney Duff
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    130.0 x 1.0 x 115.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Colonel Granville Duff in 1932.
  • Related people
    Granville John Berney Duff ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

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