About this object

A skirt (piupiu) made from New Zealand flax with a fringe of partly stripped and dyed cylindrical leaf tags in a chequered pattern in black and pale yellow. The waistband is decorated with feathers, probably chicken feathers.

There is no backing section to the fringe, which is plaited into a waistband. The feathers (probably chicken) are twined in near the top, with a long running thread of New Zealand flax between them and the plait. One end of the waistband plait forms a tie, the other end has a separate tie attached.

The techniques used are single and double-pair twining. There are two lines of double-pair twining, then two lines single-pair (the latter in blue factory-produced thread).There are three warp threads (whenu) or fringe strands per cm.

The feathers are inserted vertically, in pairs, into the top rows of double-pair and single-pair twining.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Bay of Plenty: Rotorua
  • Date made
    1914 before
  • Materials
    Feather; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Fibre Textile Cotton Thread; Dye; Twined, dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss C Diggle, 1947
  • Collector
    C Miss Diggle
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    86.0 x 1.5 x 63.0 cm
  • Related people
    C Miss Diggle ( Collector, previous owner)


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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