Crochet kākahu

Ema-Lea Phillipps' kākahu (cloak) is made from cotton drill cut into strips, which she overlocked together to create a 'yarn'. Ema-Lea, who is a student at Otago Polytechnic, wanted to draw from her Māori heritage to re-interpret traditional crafts by using her emotions and identity as a source of pride and power. "One of the main challenges was that I couldn’t find a crochet hook large enough for the forms I wished to make, so I endeavoured to create my own hook. Using a laser cutter and a file to shape it I found creating the hook myself added more of my personal energy to the kākahu."


Photographer: Karen Malcolm
Copyright: Image © Ema-Lea Phillipps
Designer: Ema-Lea Phillipps
Manufacturing location: Dunedin
Garment type: Kākahu
Material: Cotton drill
Features: The kākahu is made using a free-form crochet technique.
Colour: Black, dark brown, dark red
Date: 2019