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GLAHM E.422


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cloak (Kaitaka)

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Materials:
flax
Dimensions:
length : 112 cm; width 120 cm
Manufacture:
CULT Polynesian: Maori New Zealand, South Island (northern?) Polynesia
Notes:
Rectangular cloak in single weave with decoration of alternate groups of feathers in grey, blue, red, orange and white. This cloak, called a kaitaka but with inserts of feathers, would have been worn with the wide taaniko, patterned border, at the lower edge, so that the feathers point upwards. There has been debate about the correct orientation of this cloak - it has been suggested that the border is at the top with the feathers pointing down.
Keywords:
CLOTHING : CLOAK : MAORI : MH_EXPLORATION : EXIT2929 :

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