Maori cloaks Maori korowai. Beautiful Maori feather cloaks for adults, created by our Maori artist Marie.
The Korowai (Maori cloak) is worn as a mantel and speaks of a persons prestige, honour, dignity and respect. 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.
These Maori cloaks are just beautiful. We have this paua korowai in stock. If you wish another design, just let us know and add a message in the comment box or email us, thank you.
Please note that we list these stunning cloaks as ‘korowai’. In the early days, a korowai would be hand woven and take nearly a year to complete. The cloaks we feature are made with the use of a sewing machine. All the cloaks are lined.
Maori cloak – Korowai – Kahu huruhuru
Please note that “Kahu huruhuru” is the correct term used for a feather cloak, however, most people would Google ‘korowai’ when they are looking for a Maori cloak.
The traditional korowai are made with flax fibre (muka) and the feathers are woven by hand into the muka. 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 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.
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.
And yes, our artist can take commissions for medium Maori korowai and large Maori korowai.
If you wish a commissioned korowai, please let us know:
- if the korowai is for an adult (male/female) or a child
- the height of the adult/child (from the neck to the ground)
- the measurement around the shoulders (this is needed so the korowai will fit properly)
- preferred colours of feathers
Have a look at the paua shell colours >>