Maori garments are referred to as kākahu and has been made from natural fibres and dyes including the harakeke flax plant. This hand-made cloak (pihepihe) consists of cylindrical tags called pōkinikini. They are the precursor to the piupiu and were made for the rustling sound they made.

Object Summary

Museum Number 110/1931/100
Simple Name cloak
Full Name cloak
Collection Country New Zealand
Common Name cloak
Production country New Zealand
Material flax (Phornium tenax)
Collection class Clothing and accessories
Collection continent Oceania
Collection area/region Australia and New Zealand
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1931
Cultural group Maori
Function name clothing