Kākahu | Māori Cloaks
Te Papa houses the world’s largest collection of Māori cloaks – more than 300 in total, both customary and contemporary. Explore everything from their origins to their ongoing importance. Watch weavers and researchers talk about these treasures, and view the cloaks in vivid detail.
Explore the origins of weaving, as told in the Māori creation story. Get a quick history of cloak-making in New Zealand. Learn about key cloak styles, and discover special cloaks outside as well as inside Te Papa.
Discover the materials, techniques, and protocols of Māori weaving.
Find out about prominent weavers and researchers, and read remarkable family stories about famous cloaks.
See all videos about kākahu and weaving.