Kete huruhuru / feathered bag

Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa
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Kete made of muka (processed flax fibre). The woven patterns are whakapae (side-stitch) and mawhitiwhiti (cross-stitch). The pattern is formed by weaving a plain row, a plaited row that resembles a three-ply plait, followed by another plain row. The final row uses a muka strand dye using tanekaha bark – reddish/brown – that is woven into the plain row. A large band of reddish pheasant feathers is in the middle of the kete and the woven pattern described above is repeated. Handles are made using a four-ply plait and dyed with tanekaha.
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Muka (Phormium tenax fibre) & pheasant feathers.
Kete muka (processed flax fibre) with woven patterns, whakapae (cross over stitch) and mawhitiwhiti (criss-cross stitch). Decorated with feathers.
180 x 260mm
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Hetet/Te Kanawa Collection
Courtesy Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga O Waikato
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