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Korowai

This korowai was commissioned from Dame Rangimarie Hetet, honorary Doctor of the University of Waikato, and her daughter, Mrs Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa to mark the 25th year of the foundation of the University of Waikato in 1989.

The cloak is decorated with feathers from the weka, kereru and pheasant, and with karure (tassels) of twined three-ply fibre. There are two rows of mawhitiwhiti (cross-stitch) above and below the taniko border.

Traditional dyes were used for the taniko. Black was created from the hinau bark and mud, yellow from the raureka bark and tan from tanekaha bark and hot ashes.

The fibre used is from flax known as kohunga and taeore.