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Pareu (Waist garment)

Pre 1931

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Pareu. Dance skirt. Composite materials used in its manufacture. Mutiple strands of kiriau (Tree Hibiscus, Hibiscus tiliaceus fibre) thickly layered. Top of the strands woven into a wide band across the garment with dark blue material overlaid on top of this section. Decorative elements sewn into this waistband portion include Pupu Rengarenga (Yellow Necklace-shell, Orobophana pacifica), Tungangi (Pacific Strawberry Cockle, Fragum fragum), Ua Puka (Lantern Tree seeds, Hernandia nymphaeifolia), poepoe (Job's Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi), Ua Mata Koviriviri (Red-bead Tree seeds, Adenanthera pavonina), all sewn into the fabric with bright red cotton. Garment has decorative kiriau akatautau (tassels) of natural and dyed-red colour. Lower part of of the kiriau skirt is natural in colour but dyed red at the lower edge.

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