Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Wood and muka heru (2nd of 3)

Wood and muka heru

This heru (ornamental comb) was made in the early 19th century from 13 individual wooden teeth, carefully bound for most of their length with fine muka (flax fibre). The twining technique is similar to that used to make fish traps.

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How to cite this page:

Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Adorning the head', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/41015/wood-and-muka-heru (accessed 19 February 2020)

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