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M is for mystery: M initial in the waistband of Te Papa’s piupiu Māori

  • ME011995 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer waistband, on textile’s right. Te Papa
  • ME011995 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer waistband, on textile’s right. Te Papa
  • ME012427 piupiu (skirt). Yellow ‘M’ on outer proper left hand side (textile’s right) of waistband. Te Papa
  • ME012027 piupiu (skirt). Cream ‘M’ on outer proper right of centre (textile’s left) of waistband. Te Papa

My role at Te Papa is to identify feathers and hair in the ethnological collections, however on occasion I come across something interesting in my research including the following mystery.  While identifying the feathers in the museum’s Māori textiles collection, I counted eight piupiu (skirt or waist garment) with the letter ‘M’ sewn into the waistband.  It… Read more »