This piece of sealskin, found near Te Kūiti, has a double row of stitching holes along three sides, showing that it once formed part of a kahu kekeno, or sealskin cloak. Sealskin was apparently no longer used for clothing after the late 18th century, perhaps because of declining seal populations.
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