The Kete Whiri is a traditional pipi kete or kumara harvesting basket. Tutored by Yvonne Hammond experienced harakeke weaver.
From plant to product: the flax is prepared with the flax fibre exposed at the end, this is referred to as muka.
The weaving of the kete commences with the muka ends that are plaited together to form a strong durable base for this everyday utility basket.
The next stage is to construct the corners that we will weave up to the desired height of the kete . Finishing off with a plait around the top, and handles to complete your own traditional maori kete. There is an option to embellish with your own personalised stone, shell or beads.
This workshop is the third workshop in the series of three, it will include the techniques of weaving and plaiting skills specific to creating the Kete Whiri.
Workshop One, Introduction to Harakeke. This two day workshop will include the techniques of weaving and plaiting along with being taught the cultural customs of working within the sustainable practices of tikanga and the values toi raranga (the protocols of flax cutting and handling which surrounds this time honored craft). See website for workshop details https://www.nztextileexperiences.com/event/harakeke-nz-flax-weaving-workshop
Workshop Two, Weave the Greenest Shopping Basket, ever! During this two day workshop you will learn the skills of weaving with NZ Flax - Harakeke including plaiting to create strong and sturdy handles for baskets. See website for workshop details https://www.nztextileexperiences.com/event/harakeke-nz-flax-weaving