Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Moriori clothing

Moriori clothing

Moriori used flax and sealskin to make clothing. This Moriori group is partly dressed in traditional clothing. Te Rōpiha (left) is wearing a flax mat under a European shawl. His wife, Uaroa, is wearing a European blanket. Te Teira has a kura, a parakeet-feather head ornament, albatross down in his beard and a flax rain cape. Pūmipi wears a woven flax mat and has albatross tufts in his beard.

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Rēkohu – Chatham Islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23616/moriori-clothing (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010