Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kaarure - Jan 2015

This piece was created after being shown the method to make kaarure tassels by Mandy Sunlight, a very experienced and talented weaver.  Kaarure are a "three ply tassel rolled in the S-direction, which causes them to try to untwist, used as decorative elements on korowai". This is interwoven with two layers of cylindrical, dried harakeke (NZ Flax) strands with the muka (flax fibre) exposed.  

Materials: Piupiu (Dried and Rolled Harakeke/NZ Flax), Muka (Harakeke fibre)
Polyurethane coated cotton & Paua Shell
Awhina Tamarapa (editor). Whatu Kaakahu : Maaori Cloaks. Te Papa Press 2011, p187.

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