About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand Flax fibre, with vertical stripes in brown and natural colours. There is a fringe around three sides on the back and front, and one twisted fibre handle in undyed fibre, ending in brown and natural tassels.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This began at the top edge with a selvedge, and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose, and are covered by the fringes. There are nine warps per cm, and the wefts are 16 mm apart.

The fringe warps are joined by a line of double-pair twining and sewn onto the bottom and side edges. There is one fringe on the back of the bag and one on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1873
  • Materials
    Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    24.0 x 0.6 x 33.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from J Bidwell. Said to have been brought from New Zealand in 1873.
  • Related people
    J Bidwell (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J Bidwell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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