Story: Manufacturing – an overview



The women and children shown in this 1906 painting are making korowai (cloaks). Weaving was a manufacturing process fundamental to Māori society. It was used to make clothing, kete and other containers, mats and sandals. The fishing nets, rope, and the tukutuku paneling visible on the wall of the wharenui in which the women and children are working, were all made with weaving techniques.

Using this item

Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ian Hunter, 'Manufacturing – an overview - Early manufacturing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010