Bag card

Bag

56.25.518
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.