Story: Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori

Making flax baskets

Making flax baskets

This peaceful scene painted by Gottfried Lindauer shows women weaving kono (food baskets) and kete (storage baskets) from flax. This essential activity was carried out collectively and often, as in this case, in the morning or evening, since daytime hours were devoted to food production.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1915/2/63
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer, 1903

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Mark Derby, 'Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori - Daily life in traditional communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40895/making-flax-baskets (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013