The Kete Whiri is a traditional pipi kete or kumara harvesting basket.
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 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).
Whatever your weaving experience, this workshop will further your weaving skills. From beginners to intermediate weavers we will add to your skill base to develop your weaving to the next level.
Experienced Harakeke Weaving Tutor Yvonne Hammond