Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Te Arawa mat weavers, late 1890s

Te Arawa mat weavers, late 1890s

A collection of intricate and beautiful floor mats woven for Te Rauru meeting house at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, are seen in this photo from about 1898. In front are some of the Te Arawa women who wove the mats. In 1910 Te Rauru was sold to a museum in Hamburg, Germany. From the 1980s Te Arawa delegations have visited the meeting house and advised on its restoration and maintenance. All visitors must remove their shoes, partly to preserve the fine and precious mats covering the floor.

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - Whāriki, raranga and whiri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43491/te-arawa-mat-weavers-late-1890s (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014