About this object

A rectangular cloak (kahu huruhuru) made from New Zealand flax with feathers covering the outer surface in white, orange and various shades of light and dark brown.

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).

It is in a fragile condition with breakage along the neck edge and some feathers broken off.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Feather; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs A M Lennard, 1952
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    100.0 x 3.0 x 110.0 cm
  • Note
    Formerly in the collection of the donor's husband, Sir Thomas Lennard.
  • Related people
    A M Mrs Lennard ( Previous owner); Thomas J Sir Lennard ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • A M Mrs Lennard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Acquired via Dr FS Wallis, The City Museum, Queen's Road, Bristol.
    Owned until: 1952
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas J Sir Lennard

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