Māori Weaving: The Art of Creating Māori Textiles
Since Maori 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 and many other things. This Māori Weaving book shows how Māori recorded their histories and stories. As well as how they passed on their culture, genealogy, values and beliefs, weaving together people and communities.
In this book, the text and detailed photographs show the steps in selecting, preparing and weaving flax. Also the origins of weaving are described, images show the traditional and contemporary uses of weaving, and the intricate patterns and the beauty of the finished products. These all include mats, baskets, cloaks, piupiu and art works using flax and modern fibres such as plastic, wire, ribbon and paper.
Author: Huia Publishing
First Published 2015
This product is also available for purchase in store at the Cable Car Museum and Wellington Museum.