Ideal for Kapa Haka groups, Nation Days, and to celebrate Waitangi Day, and for adult dress-ups.
The Blue Maori Womens Kapa Haka Costume is an adjustable garment. It consists of a printed bodice and attached black skirt, piupiu over top of the skirt, and headband. The bodice/skirt is fastened at the back with strips of velcro. This allows you to adjust the garment to fit perfectly. The piupiu also fastens with velcro.
The total effect is stunning.
The sizes are coded 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. For each size, we've provided a chart (below) showing the corresponding dress size for various regions, as well as the actual garment measurements. Your bust size should be approximately 2cm less than the garment measurement. We strongly advise that you measure your bust size before ordering.
"Additional Ease" refers to the overlap at the back, where one side of the back garment velcros over the other side. This Additional Ease allows you to increase the size of the garment by the amount of Additional Ease, but still allowing a short strip of velcro closure. For example, the A10 size garment is made for a bust size of just under 90cm, but with the Additional Ease, that can increase by up to 7.5cm. Conversely, the garment may be wrapped further around the back velcro pieces to decrease the size.
|NZ/UK/AU Size||6 - 8||8 - 10||12 - 14||16||18|
|USA||0 - 6||4-8||8 - 10||12||14|
|Additional Ease (in)||3"||3"||3"||3"||3"|
|Additional Ease (cm)||7.5cm||7.5cm||7.5cm||7.5cm||7.5cm|
|Piupiu Length (inches)||20"||22.5"||23.5"||25"||27"|
Piupiu Length (cm)
The costume design was derived from the costume worn by the Otatara Cultural Club of Taradale, New Zealand. The design depicts New Zealand national bird, the Kiwi, which is surrounded by the Niho-Taniwha pattern ( dragons teeth) and the Three Baskets of Knowledge. This design was the work of three people, namely Ellen Coulter, Ngaupoko Batt, and Baden Batt. Only Baden is still alive, and he gives his unreserved consent to the costume and the Maori motifs used on them.
Note to schools: As these costumes are always in high demand, we cannot afford to have any out on approval. If you would like a sample, please order and pay for the costume(s) you require. Should you decide they are not what you require, we are very happy to receive the costume back (in original condition) for a full refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping).
Shipping Times during Covid-19
Currently (January 2021), Airmail to Australia and the USA is taking about 5 weeks, and Airmail to the UK and Europe is taking 6-7 weeks. Airmail to South America is at least 8 weeks, and allow up to 12 weeks.
Economy Courier and Express Courier are up to 10 working days worldwide.
As always, we do not guarantee Airmail or Courier shipping times, as they are beyond our control.
Courier shipping times within New Zealand are approximately one working day to the North Island, 2 working days to the South Island (with an overnight option available at a different price), and up to 3 days to rural areas.
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