Friday, August 21, 2009

Song and Dance

Traditional Piupui used in kapa haka performances.

On Display at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua.

Making a good sized piupiu is a labour intensive business. They can contain up to 250 strands of harakeke (flax), each of which has been treated by hand - often by several people. Once the treated and dyed flax has dried, it forms the thin cylinders that make up the skirt.

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