About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre, with gold, purple and undyed thread decoration. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front, and two twisted fibre handles in gold, purple and undyed fibre.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main techniques are single and double-pair twining (top two rows), 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 four warps per cm, and the wefts are 15 mm apart. The fringe warps are joined by a line of single-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.

The wefts are gold and purple thread. Every seventh or eighth warp is gold-coloured thread, and pairs of these cross over between wefts to form a cross-diagonal pattern. There are three double rows of this decoration on the front and back of the bag.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1912
  • Materials
    Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    29.0 x 0.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from JG Glover, 25 September 1912.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); J G Glover (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1912-09-25
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J G Glover

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1912-09-25
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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