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Rain-cape made of New Zealand flax fibre, woven in double-pair twining with seven warps of soft muka per centimetre and wefts spaced at 1.4 cm intervals. Thrum commencement is at bottom where ends of warps extend 11 cm below garment. Kaupapa is covered with heavy thatch of harshly scraped flax tags, darkly dyed, light in weight, upper surface of leaf only used (perhaps wharariki). Between these tags, which are on every third weft, are tags of one-ply rolled fibre cords spaced at 8 cm intervals on weft following each row of thatch; these are hardly visible unless thatch is lifted. Each weft is knotted near end, and ends are left as ornaments to which other single-ply rolled cords are added in groups of three; these form tags up to 19 cm long and are added to every weft. Red ochre staining on inner surface. Carefully braided ties still in place.
- Production date
- 19thC (opinion of Mick Pendergrast)
Height: 108 centimetres
Width: 155 centimetres
Depth: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- British Museum register and handwritten original label: ‘Outer Dress of a New Zealand Chief. Given to J. Everett by Mr White, a Missionary.’
Comments: Nineteenth century; red ochre makes this one of few garments showing signs of use (Mick Pendergrast)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- "Purchased from the Treasurer of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society Museum, York."
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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