This is a kete (basket) made in 1940 by Mrs McGee of Waiomio. It is woven from nīkau palm ('Rhopalostylis sapida') using a very open plaiting technique. It may have been used for the storage of large food items, such as kūmara (sweet potato) or rua (potatoes), and possibly for cooking in a hāngī (earth oven) as well. Similar open-weave kete were also used in the gathering of kaimoana (shellfish). The kete is a straw colour and has a tighter woven rim and handles. It measures 14 cm x 22 cm.
KETE WHAKAIRO – PATTERNED BASKETS Kete Whakairo are hand-woven baskets decorated with geometric patterns. Kete presented on this page are designed to be used as hand or shoulder bags with sturdy handles made from 4-ply Whiri (braids) .