Flaxworx NZ

Mahi Raranga (NZ Flax weaving) and Photography

Piupiu Quotes

Piupiu do take a long time to make by hand and considerable skill and experience and this is reflected in their price. 

We are happy to provide you with a free piupiu quote for your school or group (and are even happier to make these for you when the time comes) - however.....

PLEASE NOTE: We will need the following details from you: Sizes (waist measurements in cm or inches NOT Dress size or Age or S,M,L!), Gender and corresponding numbers. If you have an existing pattern we also require a photo of that to give you an accurate price as some patterns are more complex (and time consuming) than others and this will be reflected in the price.

Alternatives to the "real thing". There are some manufacturers around NZ who make alternatives to real piupiu that might work very well for you if you are on a tight budget and just want a "costume" or a very small kids Piupiu. Have a look at Piupiu Papahune in Hamilton or Kanikani Kids in Auckland, as well as Kapa Haka Makers in Auckland for Bodices and Tipare.


Just to demonstrate how long the process of making a piupiu can be, we've created this power point presentation below, on how to make a piupiu. It is NOT a tutorial and if you want to learn how to make a piupiu yourself you best to learn on a one on one basis with a experienced kaiako (sorry no we do not give lessons).

As you can imagine if you have a large group of people (perhaps even a mixture of children and adults) we can't possible "guesstimate" what sizes they are going to wear as each piupiu is essentially made to measure.. and priced accordingly - however most schools or groups will have around 4-6 generic sizes to also fit future generations - so we do not need a measurement for each person down to the last centimeter (with groups of up to 50 that would be counter productive) but perhaps groups of sizes - we will group them otherwise from our end. 

Even if you are only after 1 for yourself we will still need these details as we can't possibly guess what you are after. When it comes to Piupiu one size definitely does not fit all!

We do thank you for your understanding!

Please use the below form or e-mail us at R.G.Baker@xtra.co.nz or flaxworx@gmail.com to get in touch with us regarding the ordering of a piupiu or the request of a quote for piupiu.

If you do not hear from us within 24 -48 hours PLEASE give us a call on 021 14 77 395 or 09 403 88 33 - we do experience some technical issues every so often that we don't seem to get the below form. Alternatively just send an old fashioned e-mail to flaxworx@gmail.com. Thank you for your understanding! 

More info below this contact form - please read to the bottom of the page BEFORE filling in the form!

Small Children's Piupiu:

Smallest Piupiu is around 22" - 24" waist (5-6 year old..) - anything smaller gets very fiddly and more work (equals more time and money) ... so they are not that cheap when you want one for your pepi or moko - we recommend to get a cloth version from Kanikani Kids or Piupiu Papahue perhaps for that very young age group - also they would last a lot better as the real thing needs a bit of tlc and very young kids usually (not always) can't understand that yet. Adult sizes start at 30"waists. 

Last but not least:
On that note - whilst the mumu, poutama etc patterns look great on an adult piupiu  - they are not really suitable for children's piupiu as there is simply not enough space (both in the drop or waist) to work with for a pattern such as this (the more canvas, the more detail in the painting so to speak...) - so for any piupiu smaller than 30"waists we recommend the Korirangi Pattern only.
 Below are photos of just a few of the different piupiu we've made over the last 10 + years. Some are customer specific designs and can't be repeated but there are literally hundreds of different variations of each pattern group.

All pictures, content, designs on my website and this page are copyright by Rita Baker. All rights reserved. It is not allowed to use any photos of artwork, data and other information from this site without permission from www.flaxworx.co.nz.

Please note: I do not claim copyright to any of the patterns used in my artwork - these are universally accessible through numerous publications.