One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A traditional Maori skirt made of dried flax leaves, worn by both sexes.‘a Maori warrior in a flax skirt welcomed the royal guests’
- ‘A pioneering New Zealand Maori rugby league team landed in Sydney from the SS Moana in 1908, accompanied by four tribal elders wearing piupiu (flax skirts).’
- ‘One exhibit of special interest dates from 1900 and shows a Maori woman wearing a dark European dress with a piupiu (flax skirt) draped over the shoulder.’
- ‘He was greeted with a traditional Maori challenge from fearsome-looking tattooed warriors in flax skirts wielding wooden spears.’
- ‘Usually the men do not wear anything under the flax skirts.’
- ‘Any Muslim who attends Waitangi Day Celebrations is welcome "whether they're wearing a burqa or a piupiu (Maori flax skirt)".’
- ‘He is wearing the cloak that adorns great chiefs, and a flax skirt that gently sways in the breeze.’
- ‘The Maori ran around in flax skirts, bare feet and feather cloaks, hardly the stuff to keep you toasty warm.’
- ‘His costume - a flax skirt with a black thong underneath - proved to be a hit with the Duchess, who acknowledged him with a smile.’
- ‘Children will have a special kids' dress-up area as part of the exhibition so they can put on piupiu (flax skirts) and take part in weaving workshops.’
- ‘She's converted the carport to an outside lounge, where she's set up a workstation to make flax skirts for kapa haka kids.’
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