traditional piupiu

Traditional piupiu are made from flax strands which curl when they dry. They are regarded as taonga (treasures) which are treated with great respect and stored carefully. As Just Kidding's piupiu are not the 'real thing', they can be used for free play, as well as kapa haka and other traditional events.


just kidding piupiu

Just Kidding piupiu are made from pure cotton fabric. It is printed in Auckland with our unique design which incorporates the horizontal black markings of a traditional piupiu and fine cutting guidelines. This piupiu fabric can be made into garments that fit any size, from babies to the most 'traditionally' built.

I'm happy to send groups or schools samples so you can show them at a meeting, or to help you choose the sizes you need.


how our piupiu are made

Several widths of the printed fabric are tightly gathered by hand so the finished piupiu won't look skimpy, then double stitched with extra strong thread to a 25 mm elastic waistband. The piupiu close with very long strips of velcro  so they overlap neatly and fit a wide size range. 

Once sewn, a piupiu is completed by cutting along the printed vertical lines then pulling each strip so the cotton knit curls, resembling the dried flax strands of a traditional piupiu. 


cutting your own piupiu

You can buy piupiu ready to wear or uncut to complete yourself.

Buying an uncut piupiu will save between $12-$28 depending on the size. This can be a considerable saving, particularly for a group purchasing a number of piupiu. 

Here is a short video showing how to cut a piupiu.