About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax, in dark brown/ black and undyed fibre. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front in undyed fibre, and two twisted fibre handles in both 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 with a selvedge and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose and covered by the fringe. There are six warps per cm, and the wefts are 14 mm apart. The fringe threads are joined by a line of single-pair twining and sewn onto the bottom and side edges on the back and the front.

The main warps are very dark brown with pale, undyed extra warps twined into the wefts five warps apart. These cross over in pairs between the wefts, forming vertical columns of crosses.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1934 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    30.5 x 0.4 x 26.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 2 October 1934, Lot 102 (Mr Stow).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1934-10-02
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1934-10-02
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934-10-02
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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