Bag card

Bag

51.68.161
A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax, in undyed fibre with coloured running threads. 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). The twining began at the top edge with a selvedge and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose and covered by the fringe. There are five warps per cm, and the wefts are 9 mm apart. The fringe threads are joined by a line of single-pair twining and sewn onto the bottom and side edges on the back and the front. Running threads in red, blue and undyed fibre are twined into the weft in pairs at every fifth, sixth or seventh warp, forming flat 'o' shapes.