Kakahu 2000 

Kakahu

Te Huringa II period (1900 - present day)

Kākahu 2000 represents ideas of cultural innovation, the continuous thread of Māori weaving as an art form, and acknowledges and represents Māori women.

The work was created by Kohae Grace of Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Atiawa, and Ngāti Porou descent. Her intention was to create new and fashionable kākahu (clothing) using the techniques and materials of her tūpuna (ancestors). Grace focused on the preparation methods of kiekie (Dracophyllum) and muka (flax fibre) when making this outfit.

Kākahu 2000 is a two-piece outfit, a maro (body covering worn around the waist) and a bodice. These are made from woven muka, kiekie, silk thread, leather, and pāua shell.

Kākahu 2000 has featured in a number of exhibitions such as Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (Tokomaru Bay), the Ngoi Pewhairangi exhibition, and Te Rauparaha Centennial Exhibition (Te Whare Wananga o Raukawa).