Materials: Muka (NZ Flax Fibre), Korari (NZ Flax Flowers) and Hemp
Individual Dimensions: 210 (W) x 210 (D) mm
Complete Dimensions: 450 (H) x 420 (W) mm
For the other panels, rather than discarding the harakeke (NZ Flax) flower stalks, I have attached single korari pods as an alternative to decorative feathers and secured them using a single pair twining to Hemp rope.
I have used a traditional whatu (finger weaving) construction on the muka panels with a simple method of finishing each row with an overhand knot that was seen on an old kaakahu (cloak) at a weaving hui (gathering) in Raglan.
Käkahu with feathers and wool (cloak)
Unknown (weaver), 1860-1900, New Zealand
Courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa