Of course, we'd love you to be able to weave with harakeke but don't fret if you can't find any. You can still learn to weave kono with alternative materials: plastic baling strips, ribbon or firm paper as in the kono you see pictured here. Be inventive - you'll be surprised what you can weave with!Join For Free Now
Follow Māori customary practices to gather harakeke - NZ Flax in a way that protects and nurtures the plant.
Discover what to do with the flax leaves once you've gathered them - including how to make whenu - weaving strips.
Master the technique to soften the whenu for raranga - flax weaving - to ensure the strips are easily woven.
The kono lesson is probably the most important lesson of all the classes we teach in Raranga. Weaving kono will help you learn the Raranga technique and you'll be able to weave them for your home and to give to others as gifts.
Much-loved teacher, Veranoa Hetet hails from a family of renowned Māori weavers. She learned to weave and teach alongside her mother, renowned Māori weaver, the late, Erenora Puketapu-Hetet. Veranoa has been teaching for more than 30 years and has successfully taught thousands of people to become confident weavers and discover the joy of weaving.