Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Kākāpō-feather cloak

Kākāpō-feather cloak

Some 11,000 kākāpō feathers adorn this remarkable cloak, probably made in the early 1800s. Kākāpō-feather cloaks are rare, and would have been worn by a person of high status. This example is held in Perth Museum, Scotland. It is thought to be the only cloak fully covered in kākāpō feathers held by a museum.

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How to cite this page:

Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Adapting to new lands and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/40987/kakapo-feather-cloak (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013