About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax, in yellow and undyed fibre. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front in black, yellow and undyed fibre, and two twisted fibre handles in the same colours.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is single-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). The twining began at the top edge and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose, and form the bottom fringe. There are eight to nine warps per cm, and the wefts are 10 mm apart. The fringe threads are joined by a line of single-pair twining and sewn onto the two side edges on the back and the front.

Some of the warps cross in pairs every third warp, forming different designs in rectangles on the front and the back. There is also a dark running thread twined in along the bottom weft.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1932 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    21.0 x 0.4 x 18.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 11 January 1933, as part of Lots 316 and 317 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1933-01-11
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1933-01-11
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1933-01-11
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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