Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Sealskin fragment from kahu kekeno

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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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/zoomify/40988/sealskin-fragment-from-kahu-kekeno (accessed 28 September 2020)

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