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Maori Korowai I

Maori feather korowai. A korowai is a Maori cloak. One of our Maori artists creates these beautiful korowai (feather cloaks). We can also frame a baby one.

baby korowai

Our korowai artist is a Maori kaumatua (elder) from Ngati Porou descent and is based in Auckland.

The “taniko” weaving technique is unique to the NZ Maori. It was developed following the settlement of the Maori to Aotearoa.

Taniko is a weaving technique that incorporates more than one colour in a piece of work. The weaving is done without the use of a frame (which is commonly used throughout the world).

Though “korowai” is the term that is generally accepted today to describe a “Maori cloak” it was in fact a particular kind of Maori cloak, emphasis placed more on the creation of an elaborate “taniko” border.

“Kahu huruhuru” is the term used for a feather cloak

“Kahu kura” a red feather cloak

Our artist can take commissions and would need 2-6 weeks lead time, thank you.

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