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NGA KAKAHU----- MAORI CLOTHING
Pari (bodice)
   Pari designs are usually based on a square.  The squares are cut from either linen or tapestry and the designs are worked in red or white, and black wools using a cross stitch.
  Always the designs are planned from the centre and the patterns developed, usually with some repetition until the shape required is completely filled. A combination of square, oblong and diamond shapes are linked together and made interesting by varying the colour of the threads with the white thread forming the background. 

 Piupiu (skirts)

   Piupiu are the flax skirts worn by kapa haka groups.  Women have long piupiu, men have short piupiu.  They are made out of harakeke (flax).  The flax has to be cleaned and combed and dried.  If you want to dye it black you can put the flax in a hole in the ground and wait a few months, then pull it out.  Piupiu were worn by the Maori people in the old days.
 
 Tipares (Headbands)
   You can make tipares out of harakeke.  You wear them around your head and they are made by plaiting the flax.
Korowai (cloaks)
     A korowai is a cloak that is decorated with feathers.  Usually people of high rank within a tribe will wear Korowai.  When it is used during kapa haka the 2 kaea, (female leader, male leader), will usually adorn themselves with a Korowai.
Tatua (sash) 
     The Tatua (sash) is part of the ceremonial costume for men and is worn over the left shoulder with the ends meeting at the right hip.  The materials used are Linen or tapestry cloth and wool worked in cross stitch.

 
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