About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax, in dark brown and undyed fibre, with a short gray and yellow fringe halfway up the front and back, and coloured twining. There is a wide brown and undyed fringe around three sides, and two twisted fibre handles.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is double-pair twining in double rows, 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) form the bottom part of the fringe. There are three warps per cm, and the wefts are 14 mm apart. The fringe threads are joined by a line of single-pair twining and two are sewn onto the side edges at front and back.

The weft threads are grey and brown, yellow and purple-dyed flax fibre. The grey and yellow fringe halfway up front and back is made from extra threads twined in vertically like tassels. The warps are twined into the wefts in pairs, and each pair separated between wefts.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1951 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    32.0 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Related people


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