Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes).   Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Copper Kete. Maori traditionally used native flax to weave kete [basket]. This modern interpretation is in copper.

Copper Kete. Maori traditionally used native flax to weave kete [basket]. This modern interpretation is in copper.

Addie Wainohu Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa  New Zealand Raranga Weaving Kete Piupiu Whakairo Small Green

Addie Wainohu Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Raranga Weaving Kete Piupiu Whakairo Small Green

Iwi Art Store - Kete muka/raukura (TC160), $1,650.00 (http://www.iwiart.co.nz/kete-muka-raukura-tc160/)

Kete muka/raukura (TC160)

Iwi Art Store - Kete muka/raukura (TC160), $1,650.00 (http://www.iwiart.co.nz/kete-muka-raukura-tc160/)


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Alixene Curtis - traditional kete with modern spin

Alixene Curtis - traditional kete with modern spin

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration

To show respect to the Tangata Whenua I learnt from them the skill of Korowai weaving. I am very grateful to my tutors and fellow weavers at the Papakura Marae for their help and inspiration

Kete Whatu with Purple Flurry

Kete Whatu with Purple Flurry

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