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Kaitaka aronui/pätea (fine cloak with deep lower täniko border and horizontal aho weft rows), Maker unknown, New Zealand. Purchased 1981. Te Papa

 
  • Plates of pearl
  • Whale-tooth necklace
  • A mat of distinction
  • Trading materials
  • A superior cloak
  • Part of a costume
  • A special cloth

A superior cloak

Māori made textiles with the finger-weaving technique used across the Pacific and brought here by the first Pacific settlers.

This kaitaka aronui (cloak) is made from superior materials, and its weaving is especially fine. Its even tension shows the steady hand of an experienced weaver.