About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1929 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Textile Cotton possibly; Technique: Twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    30.5 x 0.4 x 22.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 30-31 January and 1 February 1929, Lot 371 (Mr Gardner), from the Sir W Peek collection.
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd ( Previous owner); Wilfrid Sir Peek ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1929-02-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1929-02-01
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1929-02-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wilfrid Sir Peek

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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