A hand painted silk scarf of Huia birds NZ natives , this was a commissioned work, are now extinct The iconic huia was the largest of the five New Zealand wattlebird species. It was a striking large songbird, mainly black with long white-tipped tail feathers.
Predation by introduced mammals and, to a lesser extent, human hunting, was the likely cause of huia extinction. Large areas of native forest containing huia were logged or burned in the 1800s to make way for farming, but this would have caused a modest range reduction rather than being a major contributor to their extinction. Maori traditionally prized and wore huia tail feathers as a mark of status. Tail feathers became fashionable in Britain after the Duke of York was photographed wearing one during a 1901 visit to New Zealand. Overseas bird collectors and museums bought mounted specimens and tail feathers.
Material: quality Habotai Silk
Measurement: 150CM X 28CM
Includes a Complimentary Gift card
" Satherley Silks " are Hand Painted Pure Silk Scarves.
Great gifts to post or pack when going overseas as they are so light, or are a bit of luxury to have for yourself.
All the designs are original art works and each one is hand painted by Kay Satherley. As they are individually painted there is always slight variations in the finished piece.