Since the ancestors arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand and discovered the useful properties of harakeke (New Zealand flax), Māori have used flax leaves to create baskets, mats, housing materials, clothing, ropes and fishing nets. In weaving and the patterns used, Māori record histories and stories, passing on culture, genealogy, values and beliefs, weaving together people and communities.The text and detailed photographs show the steps in selecting, preparing and weaving flax. The origins of weaving are described, and images show the traditional and contemporary uses of weaving, the intricate patterns and the beauty of the finished products, including mats, baskets, cloaks, piupiu and art works using flax and modern fibres such as plastic, wire, ribbon and paper.
Published by New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, Ngā Kete Iho & Huia Publishers.
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