Framed Maori feather cloak. ‘Kahu huruhuru’.
The baby cloak is created by our Maori artist Marie. The framing is done by one of our top framers in New Zealand (using NZ wood).
Contemporary Maori cloak – Kahu huruhuru
‘Kahu huruhuru’ is the correct term used for a feather cloak, even though most people would Google ‘korowai’ when they are looking for a Maori cloak.
These contemporary Maori feather cloaks are just beautiful. We have this ‘paua’ cloak in stock. If you wish another design, just let us know and add a message in the comment box or email us, thank you. You can request your preferred colours for your baby cloak.
The Korowai (Maori cloak) is a traditional Maori cloak. A symbol of great value to the Maori people and worn with much pride. The Korowai becomes empowered by the status and mana of its owner. The mana increases when it is worn.
The Korowai (Maori cloak) is worn as a mantel and speaks of a persons prestige, honour, dignity and respect. The traditional korowai are made with flax fibre (muka) and the feathers are woven by hand into the muka. Therefore, making one of these korowai takes a long time (it can take up to 12 months) and they come with a high price (over $10,000). Amazing artworks though and well worth the price looking at the time involved.
Our Maori artist
Our ‘kahu huruhuru’ 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).
Even 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.
The feathers are hen and rooster feathers. Our artist also uses pheasant feathers. Many colours and designs are available, just let us know which colours you prefer. All the cloaks are lined.
In the early days, a korowai would be hand woven and take nearly a year to complete. These contemporary cloaks we feature are made with the use of a sewing machine. All the baby cloaks are lined. The correct name for a feather cloak is ‘kahu huruhuru’.
- Love the framing! This kahu huruhuru has been framed by one of our top framers.
NZ grown wood is used.Delivery in the Auckland area is free. There will be a packaging/courier cost for orders out of Auckland (and overseas).
You can select colours in the photos, or if you wish different colours, please add this in the comment box when you place your order, thank you.
The framed ‘kahu huruhuru’ featured on this page has been sold.
These framed baby cloaks are made to order. Lead time 3-5 weeks.
Size baby ‘kahu huruhuru’:
32cm x 35cm (12.60″x13.78″)
48cm x 53cm (18.90″x20.87″), width frame 4cm (1.57″)
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