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Te Mahi Kete Māori Flaxwork for beginners


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Te Mahi Kete Māori Flaxwork for beginners – By Mick Pendergrast

Anyone can learn to make a plaited kete, one of the oldest and most popular of Māori art forms, from the leaves of New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax). Te mahi kete gives detailed, step-by-step instructions, illustrated with numerous line drawings and black-and-white photographs, for preparing the flax and plaiting two simple types of kete. It also shows variations in technique for starting and finishing, making the handles and incorporating a decorative pattern.

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Mick Pendergrast first became interested in plaiting and other Māori crafts while teaching in small communities in the East cape area. He has maintained and developed his interest over a 50-year period, some of which was spent as a VSA teacher in the Solomon Islands and on the remote Polynesian outlier of Tikopia. He has curated major exhibitions of Māori weaving and published many books on Māori fibre art.


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