Kete with 2 pockets; 2008-072-0003
Kete with 2 pocketsAbout this object
Made from softened white flax fibres called muka and stitched together with flax fibers. The kete has two pockets, possibly used as a wall hanging pocket. It has a wide fringe all around it.
In traditional Māori society, for almost every situation where a container was required, a weaver could manufacture a kete/basket to accommodate that need. For the softest or delicate baskets whītau/flax fibre was used. Whītau, also called muka in some districts, is obtained by stripping leaves of harakere/native flax by scraping with either the edge of a shell or more recently a blunt metal knife. This process exposes the fibres that run the length of the leaves, allowing them to be removed. Sometimes they are softly beaten and/or washed before use.
Maori: Taonga CollectionCredit Line
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