Story: Flax and flax working

Flax fibre surfboard

Flax fibre surfboard

This mini prototype surfboard is made of New Zealand flax fibre combined with synthetic fibre. The biomaterials engineering unit at Scion in Rotorua has trialled blending flax fibre with natural and synthetic elements. The aim is to create a strong material that can be used to make a range of products.

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - Industry changes: 1930s–2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10419/flax-fibre-surfboard (accessed 27 June 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007