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Maori Dolls From New Zealand
|These Maori Dolls are Authentically and Beautifully Clothed in Traditional Maori Dress. For doll collectors, these dolls make a beautiful New Zealand-style contribution to any collection...|
Products from New Zealand offer a select range of good quality Maori dolls, some suited as toys and some more suitable for doll collections.
The Wahine and Warrior dolls are adorned in traditional dress (e.g. feather cloaks, grass skirts).
See below for more detailed information on the types of cloaks and piupiu (skirts).
These authentically clothed New Zealand dolls were first crafted in 1951. Each doll has been carfully crafted in traditional Maori dress using natural materials.
The wide range of styles available in these dolls shows the varying types of cloting worn by the Maori before European culture replaced traditional styles.
The cloaks are made from feathers or woven from natural fibres. The grass skirts and piupiu are created from similar fibres to thsoe originally used by the Maori people.
The Warriors are ready for issuing the challenge complete with taiaha weapons, and teh wahine have their pois at the reafdy for the traditional action songs.
Some of the dolls have the spectacular moko designs tattooed to their faces - symbols of prestige and mana.
Some of the dolls also feature the Hei Tiki - a spritual neck pendant.
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Piupiu are a kind of grass skirt. The waistband is plaited or in some cases made from t?niko. The body of the piupiu is usually made from flax leaves that are carefully prepared with the muka or flax fibre exposed in some sections to cause geometric patterns to emerge.
There were a number of different types of fine cloaks including korowai, kaitaka, kahu huruhuru and kahu kur?, all woven from muka (prepared harakeke fibre) using the taniko technique.
- Korowai are finely woven cloaks covered with muka tassels (hukahuka). Hukahuka are made by the miro (twist thread) process of dying the muka (flax fibre) and rolling two bundles into a single cord which is then woven into the body of the cloaak.
- Kaitaka are cloaks of finely woven muka (Phormium tenax) fibre. Kaitaka are among the more prestigious forms of traditional Maori dress.
- Fine feather cloaks called kahu huruhuru were made of muka fibre with bird feathers woven in to cover the entire cloak. These feather cloaks became more common during between 1850 and 1900, when cloaks were evolving in their production. Some early examples include kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak), which used the soft brown feathers of the kiwi. Kahu kiwi were regarded as the most prestigious form of kahu huruhuru. Other kahu huruhuru incorporated the green and white feathers of the kerer? (New Zealand pigeon) and blue feathers from the tui.