Discover the extraordinary skill, determination, and dedication woven throughout the history of raranga here in Aotearoa and how this vital practice was saved from disappearing in our changing world. Raranga is a traditional and highly specialised Māori art form of weaving strands of dried harakeke (flax) into items such as kete (baskets), mats, and cloaks entirely by hand. In this incredible new book, the works and stories of the senior weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi show the complexity and beauty of raranga, placing te whare pora (the house of weaving) at the centre of Māori life, where it connects the weaver to their whakapapa and whenua, their whānau, iwi, and tūpuna. Featuring texts in te reo Māori and English, interviews with the weavers, and beautiful photography of kākahu, whāriki, kete, and more!
27.8 x 23 x 2.5cm