Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Korowhai — The Cloak


The cloak is a symbol of mana customarily worn by those of chiefly birth. The named cloaks were woven by master weavers, from prepared flax fibre known as muka, and created using a finger weaving technique. Many cloaks are decorated with taniko borders and hems.

Colleen Waata Urlich

Colleen Waata Urlich



Te Popoto o Ngā Puhi Ki Kaipara


Largely self-taught, Colleen developed her interest in pottery while completing an art major at Auckland Teachers College. She continued to experiment during the 1970s, encouraged by Alec Musha, one of the first Māori potters. She believes strongly in tradition, decorating with traditional Māori weaving patterns or by adding muka (flax fibre), feathers or shell to her works. For her, “working with clay means working with the body of Mother Earth, she who influences and sustains us physically and spiritually.”