Story: Clothes

Māori in traditional and European dress, 1864

Māori in traditional and European dress, 1864

Māori quickly adopted European dress and mixed traditional garments with shirts, trousers, dresses, skirts and blankets. Most of these people are wearing mainly European clothes, though the figure in the centre has a traditional kahu (cloak).

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1989/29
Watercolour by John Symons

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How to cite this page:

Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Clothing and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/41163/maori-in-traditional-and-european-dress-1864 (accessed 19 September 2019)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013