Story: Flax and flax working

Washing flax fibre (3rd of 6)

Washing flax fibre

The stripped flax fibre is washed to get rid of any remaining leaf matter. This woman is one of many Māori who worked in the flax industry.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/1-010560; G
Photograph by Arthur James Northwood

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - The flax fibre industry: 1860s–1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007