Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Tāniko designs

Tāniko designs

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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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Hirini Moko Mead, Te Whatu taaniko: taaniko weaving.Auckland: Reed Methuen, 1987, pp. 64-66

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - Tāniko and tukutuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2022)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014