Whatu Kakahu: Maori Cloaks
This sumptuously illustrated book opens the storeroom doors of Te Papa Museum’s cloak, or kākahu, collections to reveal the treasures within. It illuminates the magnificent cloaks in those collections and the art and tradition of whatu, or finger weft-twining, which reaches its highest expression in the form of the prestigious kākahu – the Māori cloak. Five informative chapters, each written by an expert contributor, reveal the history and significance of the weaving of cloaks. Every page is illustrated with detailed photographs and the techniques are further illustrated by fine line drawings. Forty rare kākahu are featured within this book and these are accompanied by descriptions which bring together information on every cloak – its age, materials, and weaving technique with quotes from master weavers and other experts, stories of the cloaks, and details of their provenance. A full glossary, illustrated guide to cloak types, and index are included. This book is fascinating reading both for those interested in weaving a kākahu and in the craft of weaving in general.
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