Taonga tukuiho (korowai)
Te Kanawa, Kahutoi (1989) Taonga tukuiho (korowai). Publisher UNSPECIFIED.
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This image is of the very first korowai (cloak) made by Kahutoi Te Kanawa. It took approximately 2 years to make. It is made from harakeke fibre (muka), dyed muka and the feathers are from the Chinese silky rooster, the Guinea fowl, the kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon) and the pukeko (New Zealand swamp hen). The name of the korowai is “Taonga Tuku Iho”, and the pattern represents the knowledge of weaving skills that have been passed down through three generations. This korowai has been displayed in India, United States of America, Canada and New Zealand in various exhibitions. The korowai is currently on display in Warm Springs, as part of the “Eternal Thread Exhibition”.
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