New Zealand has been caught up in a kerfuffle over an embroideries of feathers on a kiwich.
The New Zealand Herald reports that the feathers were embroidered on the top of a kiewi fruit, which the Herald says is made from the kiwiwi fruit itself.
The Herald also says the feathers are dyed and dyed with dyeing agents that may not be the best way to preserve them.
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Department of Conservation says that the department will be looking into the incident.
“It is not uncommon for kiwis to be dyed and then embroidered.
But there is a lot of regulation about how it is done,” spokesperson Lauren Hutton said.
Hutton says the department has already sent letters to the fruit growers and told them that the kiewis could not be dyed in the dyeing agent and should instead use a natural dye, like gold, to preserve the feathery material.
She says the dye can be bought online or can be purchased at a dye shop.
Hottie’s, a Kiwi shop, says it was unaware of the incident and is working to help the kitties.
“The kiwid is just the fruit, and the dye is just to preserve it and that’s how it’s supposed to be,” owner Tanya Gee told ABC News.
Gee says the kifters did not request the dye, but are still trying to reach out to the growers for assistance.
She is also concerned about the impact the dye could have on the fruit.
“I think it would be really bad if it was to end up on the skin, it would cause issues with the skin and the hair, and it would not look like it was natural.”
The kiwikis are part of the New World Kiwifruits, an annual program that brings together kiwilims and native Kiwi species.
In 2017, New Zealand was named the “world’s most environmentally conscious country,” and the government launched a new program called the “Kiwi Conservation Program.”