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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