Story: Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu

Kete with hand-dyed flax

Kete with hand-dyed flax

Josephine Neho (Ngāti Porou) is shown with the large kete she made in 1980 from soft flax gathered at Spirits Bay in the Far North, the home of her husband's family. She dyed some of the flax with purple onion skins and purple cabbage leaves, and the result was a combination of brown, orange and yellow strands. Neho wove these in a pattern that 'just came out of my head'. 

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Reference: Toi Te Rito Maihi and Maureen Lander, He kete he korero: Every kete has a story. Auckland: Reed, 2005
Photograph by Maureen Lander

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu - Whāriki, raranga and whiri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014