Cloak, kaitaka, made of flax fibre textile. Taniko border in traditional colours at the bottom.
- Found/Acquired: New Zealand
- (Oceania,Polynesia,New Zealand)
- Height: 112.5 centimetres
- Width: 172.5 centimetres
19 April 1996
Reason for treatment
Vacuum, straighten, repair and advise on mounting. .
Appearance and construction generally sound. Several damaged and disordered areas. A few patches of smeared red pigment.
The cloak was first cleaned using a low powered vacuum cleaner with rubber nozzle and a soft brush. The red spots on the front surface of the cloack were treated with Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler) and Groomstick (modified natural rubber) but did not remove completly. Two backings made out cotton lawn were made and applied on the back to secure loose threads. The lawn was dyed with Ciba-Geigy Solophenyl cellulose dyes to match the surface. Staggered blocks of running stitches using cotton thread were used to secure the backings. Damaged areas were then secured by couching with silk threads, pre-dyed using Ciba-Geigy Lanaset protein dyes. Smaller disordered areas were secured by silk threads using couching stitches and loops around loose fibres. The clock was relaxed in a humid environment, the clock resting between a polythene sheet and Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). Two layers of damp cotton demette were placed under the Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) and the PE-foil was secured with glass-weights. The process was monitored, placing glass weights over the cloak as the fibres relaxed, to smooth out the creases. The polythene cover was removed, and the cloak allowed to come to equilibrium with ambient conditions. After the cloak was dry, it was rolled onto a cylinder made from Melinex (polyester) stuffed with crumpled acid-free tissue, interleaved with sheets of acid-free tissue.
Acquisition details unknown, but will have entered the collections of the British Museum pre 1900.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Oc????D19.139 (old CDMS no.)
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