• Tū te Whaihanga Showcase 4

Pākē rain cape

Harakeke Flax

Ko tēnei pūeru te pākē, he pūhungahunga, he mārohirohi, ā, i ngā wā o mua he rite tonu te whakamau. Te nuinga, he pītongatonga ngā papanga, inā rā, i pūhungahunga ai te otinga. I pai ai hei pūeru whakatari hauhunga, hei tuarā pākura, hei pūeru parepare ki rō pakanga. Inā te mukunga kōkōwai kei te ua tonu o tēnei pākē e mau ana. He mea mukumuku atu e te kaimau, nōnā i te pakanga. Ko te kōkōwai te tohu whakamau ki rō pakanga.

Pākē are a rougher and more serviceable type of garment. Their fibres were often thicker and have a coarser type of finish. Their primary function was to provide warmth, deflect rain and protect the body during battle. The top (ua) of this cloak is thickly fringed and it is heavily marked with kōkōwai (red ochre) on the inside. Kōkōwai was applied to the body before going into battle, so these markings would have come off the original wearer.

On loan from Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,D1924.81


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