Bag card

Bag

54.160.97
A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre with a fringe around the top edge and kiwi feathers covering the lower part. There are two twisted fibre handles. This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). There are no obvious seams. The warps (whenu) are bent over and fixed by a double plait, with two warps together, at the top edge, their loose ends forming the fringe on the outside. There are five warp per cm, and the wefts are 20mm apart. The feathers are inserted vertically into the wefts, in pairs.