Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Weaving tāniko, around 1910

Weaving tāniko, around 1910

Sitting three abreast behind their turuturu (weaving pegs), these women and children are working on the tāniko borders for cloaks or other traditional garments. They were photographed around 1910 inside Te Whai-a-te-Motu meeting house at Ruatāhuna, in the Urewera region. At the rear is a group wearing a mixture of traditional and European clothing, and carrying mau rākau (traditional weapons).

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How to cite this page:

Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - Tāniko and tukutuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43484/weaving-taniko-around-1910 (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014