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maori weaving student showcase Jul 08, 2021

Meet Isaac Te Awa 

Isaac started weaving in his teens then reignited his passion for taaniko and kākahu when he joined HSOMA from Australia 4 years ago.



Lillian Hetet-Owen talked with  Isaac from Te Papa where he works as a museum curator - Mātauranga Māori.

In this candid and insightful interview, Isaac shares

  • what it's like to weave a korowai from muka

  • how he overcame the challenges of kākahu weaving

  • how being a weaver helps him in is his role as Curator - Matauranga Māori for Te Papa


Interview questions:

00:10   Where are you from? 

01:04   Tell me about your weaving journey so far

03:55   Tell me about the weaving of your first kākahu

05:37   What was your biggest challenge weaving your first korowai muka?

07:43   How did you go from nursing to curating?

15:08   Did weaving your korowai go as planned?

13:54   How much did belonging to a community of weavers help you?

16:56    How did you feel when you finished your korowai?

17:53    Do you have any advice for anyone starting their kākahu journey?

18:35   What's next for you after completing your korowai?

21:54   Have there been any surprises working with taonga in Te Papa?

26:51   What are your thoughts about men weaving?


 Pictured: Taaniko Poi woven by Isaac Te Awa