Flax weaving links

Flax weaving for sale online

photo of coloured flax kete by Kerrin Taylor photo of flax artwork by Maureen Harte photo of flax sculpture by Jan van de Klundert photo of piupiu by Karl Leonard photi of flax flower bouquet by Artiflax photo of twined fibre bag by Mandy Sunlight photo of twined flax pot by Deb Price photo of flax art by Philly Hall Photo of flax flower bouquet by Artiflax photo of flax wall hanging by Kerrin Taylor photo of netted floral arrangement by Hapene photo of ketes woven by eve greene

The listings below link to a selection of the many flax weavers and retailers that offer flax weaving for sale online. Also a search for flax weaving on the TradeMe auction site results in a number of different flax items, including imported woven bags that are called 'flax' but are not made with NZ flax.

Woven flax bags / ketes for sale — handbags, shoulder bags, backpacks, purses and pouches:
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9

Woven and netted flax flowers / puitputi for sale: 1   2   3

Woven flax hats, garments and jewellery for sale: 1   2   3

Flax art for sale: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7

Piupiu (flax capes or skirts) and poi for sale: 1   2  

Muka (prepared flax fibre)and netted flax for sale: 1   2   back to top

Flax weaving tutors and courses

In addition to the tutors and courses listed below, please note that I offer flax weaving workshops in Christchurch — and one-off workshops in Christchurch and elsewhere by arrangement — see my Workshops page on this website.

Northland: Creative Matakana have a week long course in May 2018.

Auckland: Unitec offers an elective of Toi Māori (Māori arts) which includes flax weaving.
Auckland City Council offers a 4-week beginners raranga harakeke course for adults at Point Chevalier Community Centre. The course is free and refreshments and tools are provided. Email rewa.grimsdale@gmail.com

Raglan: Marianne from woven.nz offers weaving workshops. Ph 027 2275291 to pick a day for a workshop with short notice.

Rotorua: Te Puia offers a three-year full time weaving course and part-time community-based courses.

Wellington: Wellington High offers one-day workshops.

Nelson: Go Wild with Weaving 2018 happening in April in Golden Bay.

Christchurch: I offer flax weaving workshops now and then in Christchurch.

Several universities offer papers in flax weaving as part of a Bachelor of Arts or as a major component of a Bachelor of Māori Traditional Arts or a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts — Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Eastern Institute of Technology, University of Waikato and Auckland University. back to top

Online instructions and courses

Written instructions:
On this website I have step-by-step illustrated instructions for gathering, preparing, and dyeing flax, and also for weaving projects such as a flax flower, a simple wristband, another pattern for wristbands, a round four-plait cord, a round six-plait cord, a flat star, a 3-D star, a simple flax angel, an angel with flaxen hair, a fantail, including how to net flax, a belt and a simple top edge for a basket. There are also ideas for using flax for foliage, making handles from flax butts, overlaying a coloured pattern on existing weaving, and adding natural materials to flax works.

Youtube videos:
Small items: How to weave a rose or putui puti, a simple fish or ika, a Christmas Star or whetu, a simple two-cornered purse or kete and a four-cornered container or kono.
More complex items: How to weave a patterned basket or kete whakairo, part oneand part two, a backpack or pikau, a baby carrier or wahakura, part one, part two and tips and tricks for weaving a wahakura, a hat or potae and a traditional muka hanging.

Online weaving course:
Hetet School of Maori Art offers an online weaving course through video lessons.
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Museum collections of flax weaving

The Auckland Museum website hosts a collection of 211 beautifully woven ketes (baskets), illustrating the creativity and the great diversity of weaving materials and designs used in traditional Māori weaving. Click on the images to enlarge them, and click on them again to enlarge them still further. When the images have been fully enlarged, they are shown in sufficient detail for an experienced weaver to see how they have been constructed.

There are several museum websites that reference their collections of flax weaving online. A search for kete in the Te Papa website will bring up images of nearly 500 kete. Currently Okains' Bay Museum, and the British Museum display few or no images of ketes.

If you’re visiting Christchurch, do make the time to visit the Okains’ Bay Museum, on Banks Peninsula. It has an extensive collection of Māori artefacts including some greenstone pieces and many woven exhibits including cloaks and baskets. Of particular interest are the fishing implements, many of which are woven from flax. Large flax fishing nets hang from the ceiling and a canoe with a woven flax sail makes a striking feature in the middle of the museum. back to top

Listings and images on this page

The linked images on this page have been taken from sites that are also linked to in the text, and have been included on this page as an indication of the content of these sites. The site’s owners are all happy for their images to be used here.

If you advertise workshops or a course in flax weaving online, and if I haven’t listed you on this page, do drop me an email if you’re happy to be included in the listings above.

I’d also welcome links to interesting flaxworks that I haven’t listed, though the listings in the for-sale section are not meant to be comprehensive. They’re just based on what I think will be of interest to readers and on my personal taste.

If you happen to notice any broken links on this page before I do, I’d appreciate it if you would let me know. back to top