Maori Cloak

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Aotearoa New Zealand fine cloaks, usually made by women, are the most valuable example of Maori fiber arts. One of the basic type is the korowai, in which the surface of the cloak is decorated with hanging black cords. Sometimes the artist/ maker used to apply decorative elements, such as red wool pompoms, colored wool panels, or feathers. These cloaks were mainly worn by men of high status. This particular embroidered cape proposed for restoration was donated to St John Paul II during his visit in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 1986.