These are three of the more common tāniko weaving designs. The names of these designs vary from tribe to tribe, and in any case are often purely functional and not descriptive. Tāniko expert Hirini Moko Mead says, 'The names used could be as irrational as those selected by modern motor car manufacturers for their latest models.'
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Source: Hirini Moko Mead, Te Whatu taaniko: taaniko weaving.Auckland: Reed Methuen, 1987, pp. 64-66