Purse

An example of a Maori purse (kete muka) made from processed flax fibre. They are still produced today but are mainly used as wall hangings. If purses are frequently used they will quickly wear so they are used only on special occasions. This purse typically was made using a finger weaving technique called whatu as opposed to raranga or plaited weaving.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
16/1996/103
Category
Ethnography
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Material
flax (Phormium tenax)wool
Common Name
purse
Simple Name
accessory
Production Country
New Zealand
Production Year High
1996

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