A95.jpg Kete huruhuru (1978). Rau-Kupa, Matarena. Collection of Puke Ariki (A95.933).

This kete huruhuru (kiwi feather kit) is made using a stitching process known as tāniko (finger weaving). Tāniko is similar to embroidery work and in this case dyed and undyed muka (flax fibres) have been used to form a banded border pattern. The tāniko process also allows kiwi feathers to be incorporated as the stitch binds the feather securely in place. This example was made by Matarena Rau-Kupa (Aunty Marj) who worked under the guiding hands of Erenora Hetet (nee Puketapu).

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