Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shopping for Piupiu

The piupiu is the traditional skirt worn by women for kapa haka.
When I visited Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Thermal Village some months back, I got some great shots of women making piupiu from harakeke (flax) and within the village itself, I stopped a while to watch people coming and going around this souvenir shop - you can see some piupiu hanging on the balcony. It's one of several shops that sells the wares of the Maori craftspeople living and working within the village, which is located in the middle of one of Rotorua's natural geothermal fields. The Ngati Wahiao people in fact, have lived in this village for over 300 years, utilising the natural steam for cooking, bathing and cleaning.
Most of us in New Zealand know the village as Whaka or Whakarewarewa but in fact its full name is Te Whakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao.

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