(CNN)New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern turned heads at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night by wearing a traditional Maori korowai cloak to a state banquet of world leaders.
Jacinda Ardern wears traditional Maori cloak to dinner with Queen Elizabeth
The korowai was loaned to Ardern by the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club, who said it was the second time it had been worn in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II.
"The Queen encountered this particular Korowai ... meeting our Whaea Esther at the Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service," the club said on Facebook.
Describing it as an "honor" to loan Ardern the korowai, Honorary President Whaea Esther Jessop QSM told CNN the garment had been made for a wedding years ago and, upon its original owner's depart for Italy, it was given on permanent loan to the club.
"The korowai is a traditional, very special garment and it's usually worn by dignitaries and chiefly persons, both male and female," she said.
Jessop said it had been made by using a special weaving technique to combine flax fiber and feathers. "We felt very honored and delighted that the request came through," she said.
The korowai has garnered massive attention on social media with many people praising Ardern for her choice for an outfit representing her country's indigenous Maori population.
Ardern was in London for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held approximately every two years for members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.