Pataka exhibition unravels the mystery and history of the cloak
Part garment, part protection, part disguise – from Dracula to Zorro, the versatile cloak has a long and fascinating history.
A travelling exhibition of woven artworks celebrates the magic and mystery of the iconic garment.
Cloak: Variations on a Theme opens at Pataka on June 16 and brings talented weavers for an exhibition that blends imagin- ation and creative flair.
It features more than 30 artworks, including wearable cloaks, wall hangings and sculptures. The show explores the cloak’s symbolic power through the ages, from ancient mythology to popular culture.
Cloak is the brainchild of Professional Weavers Network, a group of leading New Zealand.
‘‘We’re a diverse group, and we’ve all interpreted the theme in different ways,’’ Whitby-based weaver Robyn Parker said.
Featured artists range in age from their early 40s to a 99-yearold, and many have exhibited their work internationally.
Inspirations for the artworks in the exhibition include the dragons of Norse mythology, the Maori goddess of night, Hine-nuite-po, Muslim women’s headwear, and the Crusaders (both the rugby team and the religious zealots of old). Other works take their cue from nature.
Materials used range from silk, feathers and harakeke to wool, mohair, leather, linen, beads, plastic and estasi, a lightreflecting synthetic fibre.