Whatu Kākahu: Māori Cloaks

Whatu Kākahu: Māori Cloaks

Editor: Awhina Tamarapa
Publication date: October 2011
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $84.99
Extent: 208 pp
Illustrations: 300 colour images including 60 line diagrams
Format: 290mm x 237mm
Binding: HB
ISBN: 978-1-877385-56-8

Currently out of print. New edition available here.

This sumptuous book opens Te Papa’s storeroom doors to reveal its magnificent collection of kākahu (cloaks), and the art and traditions of weaving.

With contributions from six expert authors, the book shows how weaving is steeped in the fundamental spiritual values of Māori. The first Māori settlers adapted their established weaving traditions to incorporate materials they encountered in their new home. Alongside practical items, they wove exceptional cloaks that bestowed great mana on wearer and weaver.

The book focuses on 40 precious and seldom-seen cloaks from Te Papa, and is packed with all-new photographs, diagrams, and insights from master weavers.

Margery Blackman
Dr Maureen Lander
Dr Patricia Te Arapo Wallace
Toi Te Rito Maihi
Kahutoi Te Kanawa
John Turi-Tiakitai


Read a review of the exhibiton on the Stuff website, June 2012

Read an article in Mana magazine (978.78 KB)

About the author

Listen to an interview with Awhina Tamarapa on Upbeat, Radio New Zealand Concert FM

Sample pages

Whatu Kākahu sample pages (1.14 MB)