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maori weaving Oct 04, 2021


There are several traditional techniques that are used in Māori Weaving.

The main techniques are:

A basketry technique used to weave kete – carrying baskets and whaariki – floor mats


A technique akin to twining used to weave the borders of kākahu – traditional garments


The technique used to weave kākahu – traditional garments like korowai: a cloak featuring feathers and tassles (pictured below)

The technique used to weave the wall panels in wharenui – traditional meeting houses

Whiri is another traditional technique that is used in different forms of ‘plaiting’ with 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or more whenu (weaving strips).


Keen to learn more about Māori weaving?

Raranga Basics is a great place to start for beginners 

or click here to watch an overview of Taaniko

or find out about more about our Weave Korowai Programme