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maori weaving Oct 04, 2021

MĀORI WEAVING TECHNIQUES

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

The main techniques are:

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

 


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

 


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


Tukutuku
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).

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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