Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Weaving a rourou, 1921

Weaving a rourou, 1921

This 1921 photo shows a woman weaving a rourou or food basket (also known as a kono) at Koroniti on the Whanganui River. Behind her is a flax plantation which probably supplied the material for the rourou. She is kneeling on a small whāriki (floor mat), also woven from flax. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Wanganui River Expedition Album
Reference: PA1-q-257-29-2
Photograph by James Ingram McDonald

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How to cite this page:

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/43492/weaving-a-rourou-1921 (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014