Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

The symbolic meaning of kākahu (cloaks)

Toi Te Rito Maihi (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu) has a lifetime of experience at traditional Māori weaving. In this video clip she describes the insights she received from an earlier generation of experts into the symbolic significance of woven garments such as kākahu (cloaks).

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Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Weaving traditions and technique', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/40989/the-symbolic-meaning-of-kakahu-cloaks (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013