Bag card

Bag

51.68.156

On display

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre with two plaited handles. Feathers cover the entire outer surface in white and orange widthways stripes. The main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). There are no obvious seams. The warps (whenu) are bent inwards at the top edge and fixed by a line of single-pair twining. There are four or five warps per cm and the wefts are 11 mm apart. The feathers are inserted into the wefts vertically. The orange feathers are probably from the Kaka (Nestor meridionalis) and the white from the New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae).