About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand Flax fibre in yellow and pale gold colours. 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). 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 five warps per cm, and the wefts are 10 mm apart. The fringe warps 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.

Every fifth warp cross over each other in pairs between wefts to form a cross-diagonal pattern over all of the bag surface, alternating in colour every four rows.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island
  • Date made
    1895 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    32.0 x 0.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Melbourne Museum in 1895.
  • Related people
    Melbourne Museum ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

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