Forthcoming book: Whatu Kākahu (2nd Edition)

A celebration of the science and art of Māori weaving, focused on the largest collection of Māori cloaks in the world.

Whatu Kākahu_Awhina Tamarapa

Edited by Awhina Tamarapa

Publication date: August 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $75.00
Extent: 224 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9951136-3-3

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This award-winning book opens the storeroom doors of the Te Papa Tongarewa Māori collections, illuminating the magnificent kākahu in those collections and the art and tradition of weaving itself.

More than fifty rare and precious kākahu are featured within this book, with glossy colour detail illustrations of each, plus historical and contextual images and graphic diagrams of weaving techniques. These are accompanied by engaging descriptions bringing together information on every cloak – its age, materials, and weaving technique with quotes from master weavers and other experts, stories of the cloaks, details of their often remarkable provenance, discussion of how the craft is being revived and issues to do with cloaks held in international museums. A full glossary, illustrated guide to cloak types, and index are included. Contemporary cloaks made with novel materials also feature.

About the editor

Awhina Tamarapa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Pikiao) holds a Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Otaki, and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, Wellington, where she majored in Anthropology. She has worked in museums for more than 10 years, including as concept developer and collection manager at Te Papa.

Publication date: August 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $75.00
Extent: 224 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9951136-3-3

Pre-order this book here