Kete, with 1 pocket; unknown; 2011-013-0003
Kete, with 1 pocketAbout this object
Rectangular in shape with a fringe around the edge. The front has decorative weaving, the back is plain.
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.
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