Bag card

Bag

51.68.157
A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax, in yellow and undyed fibre. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front in black, yellow and undyed fibre, and two twisted fibre handles in the same 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 and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose, and form the bottom fringe. There are eight to nine warps per cm, and the wefts are 10 mm apart. The fringe threads are joined by a line of single-pair twining and sewn onto the two side edges on the back and the front. Some of the warps cross in pairs every third warp, forming different designs in rectangles on the front and the back. There is also a dark running thread twined in along the bottom weft.