Bag card

Bag

56.24.315

On display

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand Flax fibre in yellow and pale gold colours. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front, and two twisted fibre handles. This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is single-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 five warps per cm, and the wefts are 10 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. Every fifth warp cross over each other in pairs between wefts to form a cross-diagonal pattern over all of the bag surface, alternating in colour every four rows.