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Harakeke – the weaving varieties

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Manaaki Whenua is kaitiaki of a collection of traditional weaving varieties of harakeke (NZ flax, Phormium spp.) donated by Rene Orchiston of Gisborne. The 50 harakeke were selected long ago from natural stands and cultivated by Māori weavers for their special leaf and fibre properties. There are varieties specially suited to making kete, whariki, piupiu and cloaks. Divisions of the harakeke are distributed on request to marae, schools, weavers and community groups wishing to establish a weaving resource.


About this resource

Physical Collections
Landcare Research
Provider group
Crown Research Institute
New Zealand
Science theme
Ecosystem Processes and Services
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Creation date
28 June, 2012
Last updated
8 August, 2012

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