Our Roving Museum Officer, Jo Massey, sent me this link on kākāhū conservation. It's from Māori Television's Project Mātauranga. This episode features Rangi Te Kanawa, a textile conservator at Te Papa who specialises in the conservation of kākāhū. She's identified the problem of the acid breakdown of fibers. Working with Dr. Gerald Smith of Victoria University, the two have come up with a way of treating the fibers so they do not breakdown. Great video.
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