Te Puia (The Crafts), Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Rotorura, New Zealand - Travel To Eat
As the Māori did not have a written language until the 19th century, carvings were used to record and preserve the history and culture of their people.
ABACA fiber is considered the strongest natural fiber and is used for ropes, textile, paper and furniture making, basketry, paneling and other weaving textures. Flexible, elastic, and strong - integrating weaving materials and textures with concrete, metal and bamboo creates the Open Code essence of Kne’Kash. It begins with the selection of materials followed by research and development up to implementations that are fitted uniquely to each project. We call it LIVING MATERIALS.
'Matariki' by Veranoa Hetet. A reversible cloak made entirely of flax (unprocessed, piupiu and fibre). The top woven panel has the Matariki pattern on one side and Waahi rua on the reverse. Both patterns represent those who have passed on. When wearing this cloak one is embraced by them. The piupiu at the bottom gives weight to the cloak and represents the gifts handed down by our ancestors - anchoring Māori in tradition.
Weaving & Wearables – Kura Gallery: Maori and New Zealand Art + Design.
Kura Gallery Aotearoa Art + Design – we exhibit and sell an extensive range of original quality Maori and New Zealand made art and design that is unique to Aotearoa. Established in 1998 Kura has artspaces in both Auckland and Wellington and represents established and emerging Maori and New Zealand artists.