Taniko / Piupiu
Te Kanawa, Kahutoi (1996) Taniko / Piupiu. Publisher UNSPECIFIED.
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This image is of a piupiu (traditional Maori type of clothing) with a taniko (a form of weaving) band made by Kahutoi Te Kanawa. It took approximately 3 months to make. It is made entirely from harakeke (phormium tenax, flax). The taniko pattern (the band part) has a mixture of geometric designs, which consist of the haehae, mumu, nihoniho and nihotaniwha. This piupiu was a feature of the “Maori Exhibition” at the British Museum where it is currently housed. The taniko band was dyed using traditional dyes, but the actual piupiu is dyed with synthetic dyes, as requested by the British Museum. This piece was commissioned by the British Museum.
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