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Arts of Asia

For more than 100 years, the Museum's extensive collection of Asian items has provided New Zealand artists and the general public with rich learning opportunities and a great deal of pleasure.

Wedding dresses: The colour and texture of love

Colour, textile and style can have strong cultural significance in the dresses worn by brides at weddings around the world. Like many traditions however, these features have been known to change.

The i-wau and warrior culture of 19th-century Fiji

Amongst all the Pacific cultures, Fiji has shown perhaps the most innovation in the development of efficient and fearsome weapons. A wide range of weapons was made and i-wau, or depending on dialect i-ravu (clubs) of various types were particularly favoured.