Maori woman with a kiwi feather cloak at her feet | National Library of New Zealand
Standing portrait of an unidentified Maori woman photographed circa 1900 by Frank J Denton of Wanganui. She wears a white tipped feather in her hai...
Kete muka / flax basket
Kete muka (processed flax fibre) which is decorated with two rows of pheasant feathers. The woven patterns are whakapae (cross-over stitch) and māwhitiwhiti (criss-cross stitch).
Kete Tāniko by Christina Hurihia Wirihana, Māori artist (KX120901)
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.
A Red Woollen Thread
This cloak is thought to be Forster No. 103 'A dogskin coat' 1886.1.1132 Maori Cloak It is made of muka, the prepared fibre of the New Zealand flax plant (Phormium tenax), twined in the whatu aho rua technique (double-pair weft-twining). The 100th aho row, is in whatu aho patahi (single-pair weft-twining) - this is the only row made in this technique. The cloak was worn as a paepaeroa, with the aho rows vertical. There are 7 whenu warps per cm with a 6-7mm spacing between each aho weft row…