The Kākahu (Maori cloak) was a garment made in early Maori times and was generally woven or made from traditional materials like flax and feathers. They are worn as a mantle of prestige and honour. Nowadays, Korowai is the more widely recognised term for Maori cloaks, but this traditionally refers to a particular type of Kākahu, woven from flax and adorned with tassels. Everyone has different reasons for wearing Kākahu on their graduation day whether it be a sense of identity, a graduation acknowledgement, a congratulatory gift or a connection to our NZ heritage and family tradition.
We are now selling Kākahu, stunning traditional cloaks that look great on graduation day, and make a fantastic family heirloom. A significant amount of work goes into hand-making each individual Kākahu and they also come with an export certificate should you wish to take them overseas.
We are pleased to offer them to you at $700.00 incl. GST. Click here to order online.
In keeping with the special kaupapa of The KEECT, proceeds from the sale of kākahu will go towards a special Tressa Thomas Retraining Award to assist a woman with Māori heritage, aged 25 and above, to undertake study in order to return to a profession or to take up work (paid or unpaid) in the community.
Colours vary in store according to supply, please call us on 09 3581044 or email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org