Pataka ex­hi­bi­tion un­rav­els the mys­tery and his­tory of the cloak

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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.

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