Kahu huruhuru

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Kahu huruhuru = Feather cloak

Huruhuru = Feather

Kahu = Cloak

In the news because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore the kahu to Buckingham Palace for a dinner hosted by the Queen of England to celebrate the Commonwealth.

Elsewhere on the Web
Māori treasure kahu huruhuru (feather cloaks) for their beauty and skillful construction – and also because birds are seen as messengers from the spiritual realm. These cloaks became prestigious from the mid 1800s. – Kahu huruhuru style of cloak – Te Papa

Kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) – Te Papa

Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa
The national Māori weavers’ collective Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa helps to foster the skills of making and using these materials.

Belief: “Māori art is inseparable from Māori culture. It is like a living organism that exists in the spirit of our people and drives them toward wider horizons and greater achievements.”
Vision: The vision of Toi Māori is for Māori art to be at the centre of New Zealand’s arts and cultural identity.
Mission: The mission of Toi Māori is to promote the uniqueness, quality, and cultural expression of Māori arts.

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