About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre with a fringe around the top edge and kiwi feathers covering the lower part. There are two twisted fibre handles.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). There are no obvious seams. The warps (whenu) are bent over and fixed by a double plait, with two warps together, at the top edge, their loose ends forming the fringe on the outside. There are five warp per cm, and the wefts are 20mm apart. The feathers are inserted vertically into the wefts, in pairs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1937 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather Kiwi; Technique: Twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    17.0 x 2.0 x 16.0 cm
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1937-02-23
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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