"I have dabbled around with weaving for a number of years now and have never felt confident, realising that being left-handed I was constantly trying to ‘translate’ the instructions and floundered along working it out by sight. Oh my poor, tired whenu💚 Until I followed Veranoa on her kono class. Profoundly impactful."
Jan Heath - Aotearoa NZ
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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.
"Kono was an amazing start to my raranga journey. The first kono I wove took me over an hour (!!) and I thought to myself, this is so hard, how will i ever get better? But I persevered and it became easier and I was able to gift my kono to friends and family and also fill my house with them. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like diving straight into kete... I probably would’ve struggled so much and then not gone back to it because it was so hard. Thanks to The Matrix and the Hetet School of Maori Art, I am now able to look at most woven kete etc and figure out how to weave it. Weaving kono first is a great introduction to raranga! I still love to weave kono today 2 years on in my haerenga 💝"
Manaia Carswell - Masterton, Aoteraoa NZ
Much-loved teacher of Māori Weaving, 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 Māori weaving.