Skirt

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Registration number
25955
Item name
Skirt 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
piu piu 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty > Rotorua
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Collector
Ms Noela Clare Deutscher 
Acquisition date
January 13, 1987 
Acquisition method
Donated by Ms Noela Clare Deutscher 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Waist skirt 25955, called ‘piupiu’, measures 550mm in length and 1250mm in width when opened up. The individual strands are approx. 515mm long, and the waistband at its greatest height is 35mm. The waistband is primarily ‘miro’ and brown wool, and is woven into a flat three plait which is traditionally called ‘paraharana’, or ‘whiri para’. A simple pattern has been made with 14 black lines horizontally across the width of the hanging skirt. Each line measures approx. 13mm in height, and are separated by about 25mm of unstripped flax. Below the bottom most line is approx. 150mm of unstripped and undyed flax. This pattern is typical of the eastern style. [Belinda Taylor, 1999]

Research notes

Items 25951 to 25960 purchased from Ruihana Carvings, Rotorua, 1984.

This object is part of a large group of items that were collected and bought from various sources from 1977 to 1986 by Noela Clare Deutscher, a Senior Lecturer in History, in the Department of External Studies.

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