Story: Seaweed

Handmade bags (2nd of 3)

Handmade bags

Blades of bull kelp were used by southern Māori to make pōhā – bags which held preserved muttonbirds. The thick honeycombed blade was opened up by hand, then inflated and dried. In this photograph, taken near Foveaux Strait in 1910, a woman splits open the kelp while a man inflates a blade.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: Neg. no. E2918/10

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Traditional use of seaweeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4601/handmade-bags (accessed 20 February 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006