KURA WELCOMES ROBIN HILL – KOROWAI WEAVER
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I have started something new. I got bored the other day so started sorting feathers and found a bag of big peahen feathers that were languishing in the cupboard. Then it was making feather bundles till my fingers were had it. So I thought I'd better start something. By the end of the day I had it underway. The next afternoon I did some more. And yesterday afternoon some more. The feathers are actually quite big so my rows are further apart than usual and the bundles are further apart too…
Medium: muka (New Zealand flax fibre), natural dyes. Size: 7.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches (excl. handles). Natural dyes: Tānekaha bark (brown), Raurēkau bark (yellow) "The pattern intricately depicts the subtle ripples—aramoana of the Pacific Ocean. Kete Tāniko makes reference to the processes used to form this delicate basket.
I was asked 'what is mawhitiwhiti?' Mawhitiwhiti is where the downward strings- the whenu- are crossed over each other in patterns and stitched in a different order. Here you can see groups of 5 paired whenu are crossed to make a pattern. This is done by holding the first of the five out of the way, stitching the fifth of the five first, then the second , third, and fourth, and then finally the first of the group of five is stitched. There are many patterns that can be produced by crossing…
Robin Weaves Korowai
It's been a busy May but at last I've finished Paula's panelled cloak. She was pleased with it and it looked good on her. I've started extending another small cloak for a client and that seems to be going well. I'll be able to undo the top part and put taaniko in for her when I get up to there. I have extended it twice now and I'm sure it will be a good size now. And I've started Bill's pukeko Kakahu. I don't really like using pukeko but this seems to be going ok. One week in to June and…