Maori Cloaks & Their Heritage
The origins of Māori weaving lies in the origins of the world itself. Uncover the whakapapa (genealogy) of this art form, as told in the Māori creation story, and discover why women are its main guardians. Harakeke (New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax) was the vital discovery of these early Māori. To make garments from its leaves, they initially adapted the raranga plaiting technique, used throughout the Pacific to make mats and baskets.