Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Whanganui weavers, 1930s

These unidentified Whanganui women are displaying handweaving, including cloaks, in the 1930s, possibly at a gathering of the local Māori Women's Institute. In this period the art of cloak making and other handweaving crafts was in decline, and weaving skills continued to disappear for several more decades. Since the 1970s there has been a significant revival of traditional Māori weaving.

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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, (accessed 28 September 2021)

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