Kōtuku wool ensemble

Paul Chaplin named this garment, 'Kōtuku', after the rare bird also known as the white heron. There are three parts to the garment. The long sleeved blouse has tie cuffs which are embellished with hei matau – Māori bone carvings in the shape of fish hooks. This also reinforces the  connection to New Zealand fauna – fish hooks for the heron to catch its food. There is also a miniskirt and a long sleeveless waistcoat that wraps around the blouse and mini skirt. "The pockets on the waistcoat are a signature style of mine and they appeared on the other two garments I have in the collection."  Paul entered 'Kōtuku' into the Woolmark section of the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards in 1995.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Paul Chaplin
Designer: Paul Chaplin
Maker: Kirsty Boyd
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Blouse, skirt, waistcoat
Material: Pure wool flannel, pure wool crepe
Colour: Cream
Label: Paul Chaplin
Date: 1995