Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Kahu kurī (1st of 4)

Zoom in to see details of this superb kahu kurī (cloak made from the skin of the native dog). This example, from the Te Āti Awa people of Wellington, was made in the early 1800s. Narrow strips of dogskin have been sewn onto a base of muka (flax fibre). Tassels of dog hair decorate the neck of the garment, and its edges are trimmed with hair of contrasting colours. 

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - Kākahu – woven cloaks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014