About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand Flax, in undyed fibre. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front, and two plaited fibre handles in dark and pale fibre, with tassels at each end.

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 six 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. There is one fringe on the back of the bag and one on the front.

Over most of bag every fifth warp cross over four others in pairs between the wefts, forming a cross-diagonal pattern. Three rows on the front and back are left plain.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1926 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    38.0 x 0.4 x 25.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 22 February 1926, from Lieutenant Colonel Gaskell collection.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); Lt Col Gaskell ( Previous owner); Glendining and Co Ltd ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1926-02-22
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Lt Col Gaskell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1926-02-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1926-02-22
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-02-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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