These authentically clothes New Zealand dolls were first crafted by Margaret Parr in 1951. Each doll has been carefully crafted in traditional Maori dress using natural products. The wide range of styles available in these dolls shows the varying types of clothing worn by the Maori before European culture replaced traditional styles.
These cloaks are made from feathers or woven from natural fibres. The grass skirts and piupiu are created from similar fibres to those originally used by the Maori.
The warriors are ready to perform the challenge complete with taiaha weapon, and the wahine have their pois at the ready for performing the traditional action songs.
Some of the dolls have the spectacular moko designs tattooed to their faces - symbols of prestige and mana.
The dolls also feature the Hei Tiki - a spiritual neck pendant.