FAQ's

 Do you have any in Korowai in stock? We are currently making all our designs to order and there is a wait time of up to 10 business days for our standard designs. 

However, we do have an urgent order fee which can fast track your order. Click here to learn more about this service.

Where are you located? We are located at 1 Lumber Rise, Auckland. This is a design studio / workshop and is currently not available for walk-ins. If you are looking for something specific you can book a free zoom chat with Hiria.

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Can I travel overseas with my Kākahu? Yes! When travelling with your contemporary Kākahu you dont have to declare it as this is a garment of clothing which is also recognised as a feathered cloak. 

What sizes do you make? We offer sizes for the whole family. We offer sizes from neewborn babies to adults. We are able to make custom designs for extra tall and extra broad customers too.

Our Kid's sizes range from newborn, toddler, kids and high school aged. Our adult sizes come in three lengths: 40cm / quarter, 60cm / half and 100cm / full length designs. Our standard size will fit a 100-120cm shoulder width.

What feathers do you use? Mostly (coloured) Hen and Rooster Coque Feathers, Hen Feathers and for custom designs we are able to source other local and imported feathers on a case by case scenario.

Are these handwoven Korowai? The majority of our contemporary designs arent handwoven, but rather, sewn in our studio. However, we offer both contemporary and traditional korowai designs on a case by case basis. our contemporary designs are more readily available while a handwoven design will require months notice in advance. 

What events would you see, wear or gift a Korowai? Our designs are used mostly for 4 types of events. 

1. Birthdays

2. Weddings

3. Graduations

4. Tangihanga (Funerals)

5. Family Whakapapa / Potraits / Reunions

6. Māori tattooing ceremony

What is a Korowai?

A Korowai is a Māori cloak that was worn by my ancestors and they were passed down through many generations as treasured heirloom pieces. 

What does a Korowai represent?
A Korowai is worn as mantle of prestige and honour. The name Korowai is symbolic of leadership, and includes the obligation to care for the people and environment.

Why do you wear a Korowai?
Everyone has different reasons for wearing Korowai on their graduation day whether it be, a sense of identity, a graduation acknowledgement, a congratulatory gift, a connection to our NZ heritage or family tradition. Each Korowai is uniquely special to its owner and their family. It tells the story and is the new beginning for the generations to come.