Kōrero: Flax and flax working

Flax cultivars

Flax cultivars

Māori have always selected different types of flax and grown them in plantations known as harakeke. These cultivars have names, and are used for various purposes. Clockwise from top left: the muka (fibre) of ‘Kōhunga’ is prized for fine cloaks; ‘Ngaro’ has long, strong leaves that are ideal for piupiu (skirts); ‘Paoa’ dries to a bright yellow, good for making patterns in mats and baskets; ‘Oue’ makes very strong kete (baskets).

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Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Photographs by Robert Lamberts

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - Māori use of flax', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10392/flax-cultivars (accessed 13 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007