The kaitaka paepaeroa was a prestigious style of cloak made in the 18th and 19th centuries. This example is woven from the finest quality muka (flax fibre). The intricately patterned tāniko border is made from traditionally dyed fibre and is highlighted with touches of brightly coloured wool yarns, showing the weaver's readiness to incorporate non-traditional materials as soon as they became available.
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