Since the ancestors arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand and discovered the useful properties of harakeke (New Zealand flax), Māori have used flax leaves to create baskets, mats, housing materials, clothing, ropes and fishing nets. In weaving and the patterns used, Māori record histories and stories, passing on culture, genealogy, values and beliefs, weaving together people and communities.
The text and detailed photographs show the steps in selecting, preparing and weaving flax. The origins of weaving are described, and images show the traditional and contemporary uses of weaving, the intricate patterns and the beauty of the finished products, including mats, baskets, cloaks, piupiu and art works using flax and modern fibres such as plastic, wire, ribbon and paper.
Part of a series of books produced with Te Puia, the other titles available are Geothermal Treasures: Māori Living with Heat and Steam, Marae: The Heart of Māori Culture and Māori Carving: The Art of Recording Māori History.
July 1, 2015
160 x 250 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"The text of each book is clear, concise and easy to read. Photographs make up a large part of each book. These photographs are magnificent! The production values throughout are high...Although these are not large books, they manage to include a great deal of information. Perhaps with the others in the series they would make a fine introduction to Maori culture for many people..."
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