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Purple and White Maori Korowai Cape

Purple and White Maori Korowai Cape

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This purple and white Maori Korowai Cape was first requested to be made for a customer, and is now part of our range as well.

The cape is made from feathers, just like the traditional kahu huruhuru of yesteryear.

It is bound at the top with a taniko containing colours white, black, and purple. 

The taniko design represents manaia and wairua. Te Manaia is a bird like figure that has supernatural powers and is a spiritual guardian. Te Manaia has the head of a bird, body of a man, and the tail of a fish, representing the balance between water, earth and sky. Maori regard Te Manaia as the unseen light surrounding each of us. You can liken it to a bird sitting on your shoulder as a guardian guiding your spirit.

The rest of the taniko is in a poutama (stairway to heaven) design. The poutama design symbolises a climb made by Tanenui-a-rangi, who climbed to the heavens to receive 3 baskets of knowledge and 2 stones or whatukura (of knowledge and mana) from the supreme being, Io. The series of steps denote the steps of progress and advancement through education. From this will emerge rangatira (chiefs and leaders of the future). In the middle of the poutama design is a V meeting with another V. That represents our ancestral meeting house, the Wharenui. It symbolises the gathering and bringing together of all whanau, iwi, and cultures.

The korowai cape measures approximately 106cm x 66cm (41 3/4" x 26").  It has white feathers at the top, with the remaining being purple feathers.

Perfect for shorter people or those who do not want a full length korowai.

Please note that the correct Maori name for a feather cape is kahu huruhuru, but many people, including Maori, still call it a korowai.

All our korowai are made in New Zealand by a very talented Maori lady. She makes them using a sewing machine, making the garment affordable.

Please note that if we are out of stock at the time you order, allow 2-3 weeks for manufacture.

Proudly made in New Zealand.

 

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