Kapa haka uniform factory

Kapa haka uniform factory

For 20 years, a Pakeha man has been
producing kapa haka uniforms in his garage. He may be the only one of his kind
in Aotearoa and in the world. He is passionate about his work,
creating bodices, headbands and sashes for many haka performers. But now, his work is no secret. Te Iti Kahurangi,
Te Pou o Mangatawhiri, Haatea, Tu Te Manawa Maurea,
Te Whanau A Apanui, Manu Huia are just some of the many groups
wearing his creations. Every week, three
or four groups request his costume making expertise. In two days, he can produce 40
bodices, headbands and sashes. He begins with a design which he
loads onto his ancient computer. He then sends it to his loom. There is no other company
like his in the country. A lady prompted him
into making her bodices. Now he’s planning for the
future of his business. But his passion for
his work lives on. Anzac Pikia, Te Karere.

7 Replies to “Kapa haka uniform factory”

  1. Whatu kakahuWrong term to use.Whatu is the finger technique using 4 aho to weave the fabric Not a machine made fabric. Please use the correct terms. If you dont know the correct terms then consult a real weaver, preferably a maori weaver. By promoting what this pakeha man is making and by calling it whatu kakahu you are belittling and demeaning the hard work weavers put in to creating true kakahu

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